Crow Helps Pass George Floyd Justice in Policing Act
WASHINGTON - Rep. Jason Crow voted tonight to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, comprehensive legislation that would transform policing in America. The legislation includes bold reforms that would hold police accountable, change the culture of law enforcement, and build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
The bill also includes the George Floyd Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act, legislation introduced by Rep. Crow and Sheila Jackson Lee to address the issue of police accountability. Their legislation would provide incentives for local police organizations to voluntarily adopt performance-based standards, minimizing incidents of deadly force or misconduct through appropriate management and training protocols, and ensuring incidences are properly investigated if they occur.
“We cannot bring back George Floyd, Elijah McClain, Breonna Taylor or the countless others who’ve died at the hands of police officers who dishonor their badge and the communities they serve,” said Congressman Jason Crow. “But by re-imagining what just policing looks like in this country, we can honor their lives and prevent future tragedies. This legislation will change the culture of policing, address systemic racism, and save lives.”
The House previously passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act in June 2020 with unanimous Democratic support.
The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act would:
- Prohibit federal, state, and local law enforcement from racial, religious, and discriminatory profiling and mandate training on racial, religious, and discriminatory profiling for all law enforcement.
- Ban chokeholds, carotid holds, and no-knock warrants at the federal level and limit the transfer of military-grade equipment to state and local law enforcement.
- Mandate the use of dashboard cameras and body cameras for federal officers and require state and local law enforcement to use existing federal funds to ensure the use of police body cameras.
- Establish a National Police Misconduct Registry to prevent problematic officers who are fired or leave an agency from moving to another jurisdiction without any accountability.
- Amend federal criminal statute from ‘willfulness’ to a ‘recklessness’ standard to successfully identify and prosecute police misconduct.
- Reform qualified immunity so that individuals are not barred from recovering damages when police violate their constitutional rights.
- Improve the use of pattern and practice investigations at the federal level by granting the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division subpoena power and create a grant program for state attorneys general to develop authority to conduct independent investigations into problematic police departments.
- Set up a Department of Justice task force to coordinate the investigation, prosecution and enforcement efforts of federal, state and local governments in cases related to law enforcement misconduct.