HR 721 (Rep. Bass) – a bill that seeks to increase police accountability and transparency. This bill addresses a wide range of policies and issues regarding policing practices and law enforcement accountability. It includes measures to increase accountability for law enforcement misconduct, to enhance transparency and data collection, and to eliminate discriminatory policing practices. This bill facilitates federal enforcement of constitutional (excessive use of force violations) by state and local law enforcement officers LEOs. It incentivises the banning of chokeholds, lowers the criminal intent standard required to convict a LEO for misconduct in a federal prosecution, limits qualified immunity, and authorizes the Department of Justice to issue subpoenas in investigations of police departments for a pattern or practice of discrimination. The bill also creates a National Police Misconduct Registry to compile data on complaints and records of police misconduct, making it more difficult for police with bad records to get hired by different departments. Additionally, it provides a framework to prohibit racial profiling at the federal, state, and local levels. The bill also establishes new requirements for law enforcement officers and agencies, including to report data on use-of-force incidents, to obtain training on implicit bias and racial profiling, and to wear body cameras. The bill has been passed in the house, and The Leadership Group urges the Senate to support it.