The criminal justice system has needed vital reforms in the United States for a long time. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act is the first step in the right direction towards creating systemic change and racial equity.
Specifically, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act would:
- Ban chokeholds at the federal level
- Make it easier to pursue claims of police misconduct
- End “qualified immunity” for law enforcement
- Increase accountability for police officers
- Forbid no-knock warrants (in certain cases)
- Mandate data collection on police encounters
- Prohibit racial and religious profiling
- Redirect funding to community-based policing programs
A similar bill passed in the House in 2020, but died in the Republican-led Senate. Now, we have a second chance to pass meaningful legislation that ensures history does not repeat itself .
The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Daunte Wright, Adam Toledo, and many more Black and Brown Americans at the hands of the police have gone unavenged for far too long. For the safety and wellbeing of People of Color in the United States, we need Congress to pass criminal justice reform so that we can prevent more unjustified deaths from occurring.