Rep. Susan Davis Votes to Pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to Combat Police Brutality and Racial Injustice

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Washington, June 25, 2020 | comments

The murder of Black Americans at the hands of police has driven thousands of Americans to peacefully protest and demand change and justice. In response to those voices, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA-53) joined with the Congressional Black Caucus to introduce the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which passed the House of Representatives today. 

“This moment begs us to act - to be bold - to capture opportunity for change,” said Davis. “Year after year we see unnecessary deaths at the hands of those who are sworn to protect. This bill will make transformative changes to policing, restore faith in the system, and help communities feel safe.”

The George Floyd 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.

The vote in the House sends the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to the Senate, where a weaker version of police form is stalled after failing a procedural vote.

“Now is not the time for half-measures,” said Davis. “While I appreciate the Senate’s desire to take action, we need real reform and real change. I urge the Senate to take up and pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.

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