House passes sweeping reform bill to end police brutality, increase accountability
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives voted today to approve a sweeping new police-reform bill that seeks to curb police brutality, end racial profiling and hold law enforcement officials more accountable to the people they swore to protect.
The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which was cosponsored by U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), would, among other things, ban police officers’ use of chokeholds and no-knock warrants, limit legal protections currently provided to law enforcement officials, develop a national standard for the use of force and create a national registry to track police misconduct.
“What happened to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain and so many more Black Americans across this county should never happen to anyone, ever,” DeGette said. “It’s not enough to simply say Black lives matter, we need to take steps now to ensure everyone in this country – regardless of their race, color or creed – is treated equally by those sworn to protect them. This legislation will fundamentally transform our nation’s system of policing to help prevent the senseless killings of Black Americans by law enforcement officers. This legislation alone will not solve the systemic racism that still persists in this country, but it’s an important first step toward ending the police brutality that too many Black Americans have fallen victim to for far too long.”
A one-page summary of the legislation is available here.
A copy of the full bill text is available here.