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Trump order on police reform would use financial incentives

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President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable about America's seniors, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, June 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) © ASSOCIATED PRESS President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable about America's seniors, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, June 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

UPDATE: WASHINGTON, June 15 (Reuters) - An executive order on police reform U.S. President Donald Trump will sign on Tuesday following nationwide protests against police brutality and racism would seek to use financial incentives to encourage police departments to adhere to best practices, a senior administration official said on Monday.

The executive order would also call for social workers to join officers in responding to police calls and promote information sharing among police departments about officers who have been the subject of too many complaints about excessive use of force, the official said.

EARLIER: WASHINGTON, June 15 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he will sign an executive order on police reform and hold a news conference on Tuesday, after several weeks of nationwide protests sparked by the death of African-American George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis.

In comments to reporters, Trump also said the shooting by police of a black man in Atlanta was a terrible situation and very disturbing.

An Atlanta police officer was fired and the police chief resigned after the killing of Rayshard Brooks on Friday night.

No details on Trump's executive order on police reform have been released. Democrats and Republicans in Congress are working on separate proposals on the issue.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; writing by Eric Beech; editing by Chris Reese and Jonathan Oatis)


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