Congress contemplates legislation to end police brutality

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.

15 responses to “Congress contemplates legislation to end police brutality

  1. Keep tearing down statues and burning flags that represent our past history, but lets not end it there, We Must Take OUT Every Reference to Slavery in every news article and history book. lets just pretend that the US has no history. One day people just appeared in the US just like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

    1. Do not continue to justify statues & names of military bases as having historical meaning. These people were traitors to our country. By the way they lost the war and for a hundred and fifty years later their followers are still treating an entire race of Americans as less than themselves. Equality & respect is Christain.

  2. Please use deescalation strategies rather than force, whenever possible; and never use physical aggression on those who are cooperating. Do not make unnecessary traffic stops on black and brown people, and remember that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Only take a life when absolutely necessary to save a life or lives. Think of how you would feel if you were regularly harassed just because of your appearance. Last of all, make the world a better place to live for all by promoting peace and justice. We are all connected. What I do to hurt you will only hurt me, and what you do to help me will also help you because we are all connected. We are one race (human) endowed by one creator (God) with certain inalienable rights (life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness). Deny that to one of us, and you have endangered it for all of us.

      1. I’m pretty sure de-escalation is supposed to be the default position already. The problem is that in many cases, violent criminals have other ideas.

    1. Thank you for moving towards police accountability. It’s needed in these times. People should feel safe when dealing with law enforcement.

  3. I am enraged that this is continuing on and on and on and on… ad infinitum!!!

    IT MUST STOP – NOW!!!!!



    Michael Klein
    Akron, Ohio

  4. The police in this country to be revamped. Get rid of the military equipment and mind set. They are here to help us not attack us.

  5. There can be no question now, we must make radical changes and make sure that we elect individuals who are sensitive to our ethical appeal.

  6. We need to address police brutality and the issues brought forth in the Black Lives Matter Movement. Changes need to be made now We need to move forward in a different way with consideration given to defunding the police to place emphasis on social progress

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