Press Release ● Black Lives Matter
For Immediate Release: 
June 24, 2020
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC  – Today, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) unveiled a new website, JusticeInPolicing.us, to help educate and engage the public on House Democrats’ legislation to end misconduct and racial bias in law enforcement.  The site, which outlines the reforms contained in the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (H.R. 7120), invites Americans to to share their views on the bill, and they can choose to sign on as a citizen cosponsor. Their comments on the bill can be shared with their Member of Congress. Throughout his time as Majority Leader, Hoyer has worked to use technology in new ways to engage Americans with the House and the legislative process, and this website will provide the public with a new avenue for engaging with their Members of Congress on the critical issue of justice in policing. 
 
 
“This site will help educate, inform, and engage Americans when it comes to House Democrats’ efforts to tackle racial bias and police brutality in a substantive and comprehensive way,” Leader Hoyer said.  “Stories of encounters with law enforcement need to be heard, which is why sites like this are so important when trying to effect such a broad and serious change, not only in policies but in the culture of law enforcement in our country.  This site will provide Americans with an opportunity to be heard by those who make our laws and to make sure their voices have an impact in our national effort to ensure that Black lives matter and that no one should ever have to fear encounters with police in their communities.”
 
“As protestors throughout the country and around the world have taken to the streets to demand accountability, transparency, and overall reform of policing, it is the duty of law makers to respond with transformative legislation to meet those needs," said Rep. Karen Bass, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. "We cannot ignore the collective voices of the people, whether they are on the streets or online. The George Floyd Justice in Policing website provides an opportunity for all Americans to show their support and galvanize their network to get behind this first-ever bold, comprehensive approach to hold police accountable, end racial profiling, change the culture of law enforcement, empower our communities, and build trust between law enforcement and our communities by addressing systemic racism and bias to help save lives. Congress may have written the bill, but the people own it. Collectively we can harness the voices of our communities until we are able to truly reimagine what just and equitable policing looks like in our country.”
  
The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act was introduced in the House on June 8 by Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (D-CA) and House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-NY).  It would ban racial profiling, chokeholds, and no-knock warrants, and it would require the adoption of new standards and training programs in order to help change the culture of law enforcement.  Moreover, it would limit qualified immunity, which has too-often prevented victims and their families from seeking justice and damages when police violate an individual’s civil rights.  The bill would also expand programs that help communities reimagine public safety and would require greater transparency of police misconduct through the collection and release of data on the use of force by police. Leader Hoyer announced the House will vote on the legislation on June 25, after the House Judiciary Committee marked up and passed the bill out of committee.
 
To visit the new website, click here
 
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