Rep. Susan Davis Joins in Introducing the Justice in Policing Act to Combat Police Brutality and Racial Injustice

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Washington, June 8, 2020 | comments

Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA-53) today joined the Congressional Black Caucus in unveiling bold legislation to transform policing in America to combat police brutality and racial injustice.

“We are at a pivotal moment in American history with a real opportunity to reform how the police engage with our communities, especially communities of color,” said Davis. “We cannot let this opportunity slip by. Never again should any family or community have to suffer through what has become a recurring nightmare in America.”  

The Justice in Policing Act:

  • Prohibits federal, state, and local law enforcement from racial, religious and discriminatory profiling. Requires training on racial, religious, and discriminatory profiling for all law enforcement.

  • Bans chokeholds, carotid holds, and no-knock warrants in drug cases at the federal level and incentivizes state and local governments to do the same. 

  • De-militarizes the police by limiting the transfer of military weaponry to state and local police. 

  • Removes barriers to prosecuting police misconduct and recovering damages. Reforms qualified immunity to hold officers accountable who violate a person’s civil rights.

  • Increases transparency by requiring dashboard and body cameras.

  • Makes lynching a federal hate crime, which the House passed in H.R. 35.

  • Creates a National Police Misconduct Registry to prevent problematic officers who are fired or leave an agency from moving to another jurisdiction without accountability.

“These reforms are long overdue,” said Davis. “These reforms are transformational in addressing these issues. They also need to be accompanied by significant investments that achieve social, economic, and environmental justice in our communities.”

Justice in Policing Act fact sheet.

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