(Washington, DC) Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 7120, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. This comprehensive bipartisan legislation combats racial bias and promotes greater accountability in policing to increase trust between law enforcement officers and the communities they are sworn to protect. You can find a video of Representative Malinowski’s floor remarks in support of the legislation here.
The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 will:
- Ban all chokeholds and requires that deadly force be used only as a last resort.
- End racial, religious and discriminatory profiling.
- Limit the transfer of military grade equipment to state and local police.
- Establish a National Police Misconduct Registry to improve transparency and prevent problematic officers who are fired or leave one agency from getting hired in another jurisdiction without any accountability.
- Create law enforcement training programs and a national law enforcement accreditation standard.
- Require data collection, including mandatory body cameras and dashboard cameras.
- Establish new standards for policing and the Public Safety Innovation grants for community-based organizations to help reimagine policing in their communities.
- Strengthen the ability of the Justice Department to investigate and initiate reforms in problematic police departments.
- Reform qualified immunity so that Americans are not barred from recovering damages when police officers violate their constitutional rights; and
- Make lynching a federal hate crime.
Below is a transcript of Representative Malinowski’s remarks in support of the legislation.
“Mr. Speaker, I will proudly vote for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act because I believe that Black lives matter, because I believe that nobody in America should have to fear an encounter with police simply because of the color of their skin. And because I believe that what we need right now, above all, is trust. Trust between law enforcement and the people — all the people — they are sworn to protect.
Trust is not built by police who use force as a first resort. It is not built by police who look like they’re the 82nd Airborne parachuting into a war zone. It’s not built by hiding problems so abusive officers get assigned to train rookie cops, or those fired for misconduct can get rehired somewhere else. It is built from better training, transparency and the accountability that every true public servant welcomes.
Now, this may not be a perfect bill, but it is surely the start of a process that will make us better. So please, let’s get this process started. And if you also want to fund the police, if you want to support the good cops who are out there, then please ask the Senate to support the HEROES Act alongside police reform. The whole point of which, was to help our state and local governments keep our first responders on the job.
Thank you, and I yield back.”