Bill Aims to Address Systemic Racism in Police Brutality
WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos cast her vote in favor of the Justice in Policing Act of 2020. The legislation proposes a number of historic reforms to law enforcement practices with an aim to offer wide-ranging solutions to address systemic racism in policing, increase police accountability and build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
“I’ve listened to people throughout the district that I serve, and I know that if we are going to make real and lasting change to end systemic racism, we must all care just as much, and stay just as motivated, as those in our communities who are hurting,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “It is past time that we implement bold reform. We can, we must and we will act.”
The Justice in Policing Act of 2020 would:
- remove the barriers to prosecuting police misconduct and recovering damages from officers who have violated civilians’ rights and end qualified immunity for law enforcement;
- de-militarize police by limiting the transfer of military weaponry to state and local police departments;
- combat police brutality, including by requiring body and dashboard cameras, banning chokeholds and enacting steps to end racial profiling;
- stepping up pressure on the Justice Department to address systemic racial discrimination by law enforcement;
Additional legislation that Congresswoman Bustos has co-sponsored includes:
- H.Res. 988, Condemning all acts of police brutality, racial profiling, and the use of excessive and militarized force throughout the country, which condemns police brutality and calls for renewed efforts to prevent police brutality moving forward.
- H.R. 1636, the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys Act, which would establish the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys. The Commission would systematically study the unique hardships and injustices in this country that must be addressed and make proposals to fix the underlying causes.
- H.R. 4408, the Eric Garner Excessive Use of Force Prevention Act, which would make the deployment of chokeholds by law enforcement officers unlawful under federal criminal statute.