9 Jun 2020

US Democrats planning to introduce new measures to curb police powers

From Morning Report, 7:41 am on 9 June 2020

As people pay their respects at a memorial service in George Floyd's home city of Houston, Derek Chauvin, the policeman accused of murdering Floyd, has just appeared in a Minnesota District Court.

Chauvin's appearance comes as debate in the US turns to calls to "defund" police forces across the nation.

In Washington, Democrats are introducing a wave of measures designed to curb police powers; and in a number of cities already, authorities are pledging overhauls of police budgets.

In Minneapolis, the City Council has pledged to dismantle its city's police force.

US correspondent Simon Marks speaks to Corin Dann.