Seeking justice in policing

Jun 12, 2020
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Dear Friend,

I continue to be so inspired by the millions of Americans who have come together to demand racial justice in recent weeks. Whether it’s marching peacefully, sharing resources on social media, having tough conversations with family and friends, or reading and learning privately, we all have a role to play in dismantling the racial injustices that have plagued our nation for far too long.

As your representative, I am also doing everything I can to ensure that the passion and urgency being expressed on our streets is felt in the halls of Congress. This week, I joined a group of colleagues – led by the Congressional Black Caucus – to introduce sweeping legislation to end police brutality and hold law enforcement officials accountable.

The Justice in Policing Act would, among other things, develop a national standard for use of force, ban the use of chokeholds and no-knock warrants by police, ensure the use of police body cameras, limit legal protections for police and create a national registry to track police misconduct. The legislation also seeks to demilitarize local police by limiting the transfer of military-grade equipment to state and local law enforcement.

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If signed into law, we hope these policy changes will fundamentally transform the system of policing in this country and stop the senseless killings of Black Americans by law enforcement officials.

In order to heal, I also believe we must confront our nation's shameful legacy of racism, including the appalling glorification of Confederate symbols. Yesterday, I joined Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) to introduce the Honoring Real Patriots Act to rename military bases that are named after Confederate leaders.

The legislation would require any military installation or other property under the jurisdiction of the Department of Defense that has been named after Confederate leaders to be changed within one year. Future property would also be required to abide by this naming convention.

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Before we head into the weekend, I want to take a moment to acknowledge a sad anniversary. Four years ago today, 49 souls were murdered in the tragic shooting at Pulse, an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando. As we pause to remember all those who were lost on that tragic day, we must also vow never to give up on our fight to end gun violence.

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As Pride Month continues, another way we can honor these victims with action is to learn more about Colorado’s own LGBTQ+ history. Our friends at the Center on Colfax have put together a Colorado LGBTQ History Project. From a walking tour in Denver to various oral history recordings, this is a great resource. 

As always, if you have any questions, or need anything at all, please don’t hesitate to contact my office at 303-844-4988. Or you can visit my website at DeGette.house.gov to learn more about all of the different ways that my staff and I are available to assist you.

Sincerely,
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Diana DeGette
Member of Congress