Going to school or returning home from an after-school job or visiting friends or going to a cookout or concert—or a playground—should not put students’ lives at risk. But sadly, in communities of color, this is the reality. A 2019 study published in a National Academy of Sciences journal found that about 1 in every 1,000 Black men can expect to be killed by police.
The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (H.R. 1280), which was reintroduced last week, takes initial steps to end police brutality, protect civil rights and liberties, and change the culture of law enforcement agencies. These steps include ending racial and religious profiling and no-knock warrants, mandatory de-escalation training for police, prohibiting chokeholds and other potentially fatal maneuvers like the one that killed George Floyd, and requiring police to use dashboard and body cameras. We also need to end the transfer of military weapons to state and local police agencies. Many of these provisions are included in the NEA executive committee-approved Justice for Black Lives.
Email your representative and ask them to support the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.