President Donald Trump signed an executive order on police reform on Tuesday, encouraging police departments across the country to "adopt the highest professional standards to serve their communities."
The order comes after weeks of pressure on the president, as protests, riots, and general civil unrest continues to grow in cities across the country.
"I could never imagine your pain or the depth of your anguish, but I can promise to fight for justice for all of our people,” said Trump at Tuesday's press conference, held in the White House Rose Garden.
"All Americans mourn by your side. Your loved ones will not have died in vain,” Trump said.
The order will allow grants to police departments to ensure that they meet certain standards. Other actions in the order include a ban on chokeholds, except in scenarios where an officer's life is at risk.
The executive order also comes at a time where Democrat-run cities are opting to defund police departments, ultimately "rendering police departments ineffective," said one White House official to NBC. It is primarily these cities that have seen the most protests as well as rioting.
“I am committed to working with Congress on additional measures," the president continued. "Hopefully they will all get together and come up with a solution that goes even beyond what we’re signing today.”
Democrats have been working to pass a policing overhaul bill, which would ultimately ban chokeholds, the likes of which killed George Floyd. A bill of this nature was proposed by New York Congressman Hakeem Jeffries in 2015 after the tragic death of Eric Garner on Staten Island. However, that bill has not yet become law.