Pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to Protect Black Lives
The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act was passed in the House but still needs to be passed in the U.S. Senate –– we need this legislation passed and signed by the President to stop police brutality and gun violence.
The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act would bring justice to Black families.
Some key provisions that the Act includes are:
- Improving the use of force standard for federal officers so that force may be used only when absolutely necessary, banning the use of chokeholds and other neck restraints, and requiring officers to intervene when other officers use excessive force;
- Empowering state officials to investigate and intervene when local police have a pattern or practice of abuse and discrimination under federal law, making it easier to prosecute and sue law enforcement who injure and kill civilians, and improving data on which agencies and which officers have a troubling history;
- Pressuring state and local officials to update their laws and policies, by threatening to withhold federal grants if our in-state leaders continue to sit on their hands;
- Limiting military-style equipment in local hands, working to ensure officers have body-worn cameras, and increasing training on de-escalation, implicit bias, and procedural justice; and
- Adding a new lynching offense to the criminal code, targeting white supremacist violence.
Please urge your senators to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act by sending them a tweet or giving them a call.