The renewed—and long overdue—push for racial justice sparked by George Floyd’s death is spurring congressional action. This week, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing in preparation for marking up the Justice in Policing Act introduced by Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (D-CA) and Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY); Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced the measure in their chamber.
NEA supports the Justice in Policing Act, which calls for an end to no-knock warrants, using force only as a last resort, mandatory de-escalation training for police, and prohibiting potentially fatal maneuvers like the one that killed George Floyd, along with racial and religious profiling. It also calls for an end to the transfer of military weapons to state and local police agencies and creating a national public registry of misconduct by law enforcement officers to inform hiring decisions. This bill is but the first step in much-needed reform of the many practices and policies undermining the push for racial justice.
Email your members of Congress and ask them to cosponsor the Justice in Policing Act.