Washington — Democrats proposed a sweeping police reform bill on Monday, hoping to turn energy from growing nationwide protests over racial injustice and police misconduct into concrete legal changes that could make it easier to prosecute and sue law enforcement officers.

House speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer and other top Democrats, before presenting the legislation at a news conference, knelt for 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silence to honour George Floyd, whose death at the hands of Minneapolis police has sparked weeks of protest...

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