Educators urge Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

Last week, NEA Aspiring Educators across the country engaged in different actions each day to demand that Black Lives Matter in our schools and communities. On Wednesday, Jan. 13, the focus was the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. The House passed the bill in 2020 but it must be reintroduced in the 117th Congress sworn in Jan. 3, 2021.

The act is a first step to enacting meaningful reforms to end police brutality and restore faith in law enforcement agencies. Specifically, it prohibits discriminatory profiling, bans chokeholds, and requires federal and state police to use body cameras—important steps to help ensure police officers treat EVERYONE with dignity and respect. 

20 responses to “Educators urge Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

  1. Yes the difference in police response to violent, America-hating, murderous Capital stormers and BLM peaceful protestors who were infiltrated by right wing murderers is stark and glaring

  2. Do you really believe there is systemic racism anywhere? The police don’t hate black people. It’s a ridiculous notion. I don’t believe there is institutional racism or social injustice either. Not for many years now. To say there is points the finger at all white people. We are not racists. We should encourage all people to get an education, get jobs, be responsible and cooperate with police when they give you a lawful order. It is not brutality when the police protect themselves from violence. They want to go home safely to their families. A shame they named this Act after George Floyd. He was no stellar individual.

    1. I’m ashamed that you are a teacher. I’m ashamed there are people like you within the ranks of the profession. Just like the police and military have bad apples, I guess we do as well. How pathetic! Don’t call yourself a teacher unless you understand and address the needs of all of your students, especially your black and brown students. One last suggestion is to read these two books: White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo and White Rage by Carol Anderson. Then get back to me if you still believe that institutional racism and oppression doesn’t exist.

      1. I already read those books. Almost threw up. You are a disgrace and racist against white people. I won’t waste any more time responding to you.

      2. If you really want to help your students of color, stop telling them that they are victims and that they are being held back because of racism and oppression. Encourage them to work hard, improve their reading skills, graduate high school and take advantage of the many high school enrichment, sport and science (STEM) programs. Encourage them to take advantage of the college application process that gives them extra points for being a minority. Encourage them to take advantage of EOF programs for free and reduced college tuition and civil service programs that give extra points to minorities on the police and fire exams. Encourage them to get jobs and lead a responsible, lawful life, and cooperate with the police when pulled over or questioned. That’s how you can help your students. Not by telling them that they suffer from racism. That’s long been in the past. Get over it and move on.

    2. Take your passion and use it for good. You’re an educator, “encourage all people to get an education, get jobs, be responsible and cooperate with police when they give you a lawful order.” Be the voice we need to reduce institutional racism and social injustice.

      1. Well said! I agree with you, except there is no longer institutional racism or social injustice. The only social injustice is when Black Lives Matter and other groups blame whites for all their problems. There is the Civil Rights Act, Title VII, Abbott School Districts, Affirmative Action, Civil Service hiring quotas, preferences on college applications for minorities and more that have corrected past racial inequities.

    3. You could not be more wrong. When my black friends are terrified to let their teenage children go out at night to the gym or rec center, then there is a problem, and you should listen. There is widespread systemic racism, and you can start by allocating money to train police on better tactics.

      1. Kristin, You can start by telling those children to obey the law and listen to police officers when they give you an order. Cooperate and no one will get hurt. There is no systemic racism but people that believe there is are part of the problem. Be part of the solution, support the police and give the right message to young people.


    1. George Floyd died from the amphetamines and fentynol in his system. He was also covid positive. This is what killed him, not the cop. George Floyd was a career criminal. Let’s not make him a hero.

    1. There is no such thing as police brutality. When you don’t cooperate with police, you suffer the consequences. We should be telling all people to stop committing crimes, get an education and obey a police officer’s lawful order. Then you won’t get hurt. As far as chokeholds go, try controlling a violent strong offender without a chokehold. It’s a shame they named this act after George Floyd. He was a career criminal who also served 5 years in jail for putting a gun to the belly of a pregnant woman during a home invasion. A real stellar individual. In regards to the comment above, there’s no systemic racism among the police departments. Get real.

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