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House to vote this week on George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

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.

22 responses to “House to vote this week on George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

  1. To actually have to propose an act such is this says a lot about the United States and its’ lack of humanity towards African Americans. As we still wait for the Emmett Till Antilynching Act to pass the Senate, this reassures me that there has not been any progress for the African Americans in this country. Yet, we still overachieve when laws created by white supremacist are placed as roadblocks on our paths to the American Dream. If you don’t have the heart and compassion to vote this into law, I will make it my priority to replace you with someone that has the best interest of the African American’s plight in your position.

    1. Harold, here’s no such thing as white supremacy. Get over yourself. If you encourage black people to respectfully cooperate with the police, there won’t be any problems and you will be doing a great service to the black community. Your racist views are obvious.

  2. Janet, pay no attention to “Frank”. Frank is obviously a troll bot meant to waste your time. You won’t get any sophisticated or nuanced thought out of this internet creature.

  3. You are wrong! Cops cannot be JUDGE, JURY and EXECUTIONER on the spot! They have to charge a “suspect” with a crime. Then there’s supposed to be a fair trial! George Floyd died from a CHOKE-HOLD that suffocated him! A hold that should be banned from use by the police! The cops are being aggressive and violent, not the protesters. The police need to be restricted from injuring or killing people on false accusations!

  4. It amazes me that so many people in this country of our walk around with blinders on. Haven’t we all seen first hand time and time again how stereotypes and biases influence those in authority and how this often leads to disastrous results and detrimental consequences. Yes, it is time to turn a corner in a more positive direction in regard to this bad situation .We are all citizens and that should be where it all begins and ends.I will happily applaud Congress if this bill successfully passes in both houses.

  5. There have been plenty of stories of black people being treated differently by police. Yes, it is dangerous for them to be doing the simplest things that white people do and be called out for being “suspicious”. My son is a police officer in a suburb of Minneapolis and has many times said he would never apply for a job on the Minneapolis police force because of the systemic bias on the force that has been well-known for many years. He was shocked and embarrassed over Chauvin’s approach to George Floyd. Don’t kid yourself–he was showing off for his trainees that day. So if Floyd was a “violent career criminal” he certainly didn’t have any rights under the law and “needed killin'” right? Ugh. Pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act!

  6. Frank, I completely agree with you.
    Also, “1 in every 1,000 Black men can expect to be killed by police” is a ridiculous statement. If you make a statement like that, you must also add the number of how many white (persons) can expect to be killed by police. There is a reason why someone is killed by a law enforcement officer; one must look at all the facts that lead up to that instance.

    1. https://www.pnas.org/content/116/34/16793/tab-figures-data

      “Among all groups, black men and boys face the highest lifetime risk of being killed by police. Our models predict that about 1 in 1,000 black men and boys will be killed by police over the life course (96 [77, 120] per 100,000). We predict that between 36 and 81 American Indian/Alaska Native men and boys per 100,000 will be killed by police over the life course. Latino men and boys have an estimated risk of being killed by police of about 53 per 100,000 [41, 67]. Asian/Pacific Islander men and boys face a lifetime risk of between 9 and 23 per 100,000, while white men and boys face a lifetime risk of about 39 [31, 48] per 100,000.”

      1. According to the Justice Bureau of Statistics, although blacks are 12-13% of the US population, they commit more than 39% of the violent crimes in this country and more than 52% of the murders. Maybe this is why they face the highest risk of being killed by police. Unmarried young girls having children and not graduating from high school causes many economic problems in the black community. Don’t blame social injustice, racism or institutional bias for these problems. Encourage young people to graduate high school, get an education, get jobs and keep the family unit together. Then lead a lawful, productive happy life while contributing to society.

  7. As someone who has a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and over twenty four years service both in security and law enforcement I recognize the need for reform here. Police officers and others in law enforcement must be held accountable. They are humans and as such make mistakes and there are some who do not belong in this profession. Ignoring this problem in favor of hero worship erodes public trust and creates a more dangerous working environment for law enforcement personnel. We must take action to support the men and women who do the work properly. Anything less is a betrayal of those who are good and professional. Not all officers are the heroes we want to salute them as. These individuals have no place in this profession. Their presence erodes public confidence and respect in police officers and places good police officers in danger. Their presence in police work and departments and good police officers who shield these individuals behind a “thin blue line” increase public animosity towards courage and ethics police and is detrimental to the relationship between police and the community. These police officers represent a clear and present danger to officer safety. They must be held liable for their actions and the other good officers are bound by duty and honor to step in and regain control of these situations even if they have to physically subdue a fellow officer. This is a problem that has festered for decades and must be addressed. Too often we have stood by and kicked the can down the road and due to that way of dealing with it our nation has to endure protests and riots on a regular basis. It is time for real solutions and the boldness to embrace change. There must be more time devoted to training police how to de escalate situations and understand psychology and sociology. we must also de militarise our police.

    1. Todd, that’s just the pc, woke response. The fact is, police officers are trying to do their best in a dangerous world and go home to their families at the end of the day. With groups such as BLM and Antifa advocating to defund the police and people shouting slurs at them as well as them encountering repeat offenders like George Floyd, they become frustrated too. I’m sure they would benefit by additional training but most situations would de-escalate if people treated the police respectfully and cooperated with a lawful order.

  8. I do not agree with this act and it should not be approved. Going to school or returning home from an after-school job or visiting friends or going to a cookout or concert—or a playground does not put anyone’s life in danger. If you cooperate respectfully with police, you get treated the same way. It is ridiculous to think that returning home from school or other activities place your life at risk. Also, George Floyd died because of the amphetamines, cocaine and fentanol in his system, not because of a chockhold by police. Police need to restrain aggressive, uncooperative individuals and this act severely restricts the police. This act should not be named after George Floyd either. He was a violent career criminal not a hero.

    1. Frank is exactly right. More frequent and more professional policing would save more African American lives. Passing laws that allow suspects to harass police with spurious bias claims will generally be unhelpful. Freeing up school choice by way of charter schools and vouchers would be helpful. Changing welfare policies that discourage marriage or stable partnerships would be helpful.

    2. If you are not black then how do you make the assumption that this does not happen? This is the issue now. People want to assume and everyone knows what happens when you assume right ? At what point of the video that everyone saw with their own eyes was he struggling or being aggressive? He was on hi ladies stomach with his hands handcuffed behind him. So because he had a criminal past means he deserved to be murdered. Disgusting !!

    3. Frank, this is the second time you have displayed your lack of updating your knowledge about what has been going on with the killings of some who have just been walking down the street on their way home. Floyd was killed with a knee on his neck while the officer was “jacking off”.

      1. Janet, again you are misinformed. No one gets killed by simply walking down the street. If you don’t cooperate with police you will have a problem with them. In regards to George Floyd, he died from the drugs in his system. Not from a knee on his neck. Read the autopsy and get real.

    4. Frank, Google Tamir Rice. Akai Gurley. Tommy Yancy. John H Crawford lll. Jacqueline Nichols. Leo Blackmon, Jr. Atatiana Jefferson. Florence White. Aiyana Stanley-Jones.

      People minding their own Business are murdered by police.

      1. Not true. In each one of those cases police felt threatened by either something that appeared to be a gun or when the person refused the lawful order of a policeman. Cooperate with police and obey the laws and a cop’s lawful order and you will never have a problem.

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