Introduction of police reform bill flounders in Senate

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) made it official last week: negotiations with Republican colleagues over a Senate version of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (H.R. 1280) have broken down. Booker, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), and Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) had been leading the bipartisan, months-long effort to reach agreement on the bill since spring, when a jury found police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murdering Floyd. Disheartening as it is for yet another House-passed bill to flounder due to lack of support in the Senate, this is no time to give up. We can’t wait for more people to die for much-needed reforms to happen.

Going to school or returning home from an after-school job or visiting friends 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 1 in every 1,000 Black men can expect to be killed by police.

The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act 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, and requiring police to use dashboard and body cameras. Justice for Black Lives, issued by NEA’s executive committee earlier this year, calls for many of the same steps. Urge the Senate to go back to the negotiating table.

Email your senators and ask them to support the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.

11 responses to “Introduction of police reform bill flounders in Senate

  1. It’s time to end “qualified” immunity. Can you even imagine an educator abusing a student, and then being able to say something like, “Well, it was necessary in order to do my job.”?

  2. Here we go again letting something important as this fall by the wayside.
    Do you not think that the vandalism & riots won’t happen again.
    Just because it didn’t happen to you, doesn’t make it important.
    Come on & do your job & help the people you were elected to protect.

  3. Demanding a nation of laws is demanding a Slavery State plain and simple, pedantic and ridiculous and prejudice. Make a law that calls those neighbors different from you offender; then get rich policing, investigating, prosecuting, defending, imprisoning, appealing, betraying, abusing, torturing, raping and murdering those that would choose to use their liberty differently. All from public servants that do not have our permission to be offended to begin with! White Spanish Christian Fascists and perverts of justice whose virtue to appreciate virtue is lost.

  4. Police reforms have not kept pace with the needs of today’s society. Police treatment of suspects is pretty much the same as it always has been and this is unacceptable. We need police officers to train in how to de escalate a situation in a reasonable manner and how to recognise issues that require community based policing. In other words trying to get someone help instead of simply arresting them. Police are being viewed as brutal, baton and mace wielding hired thugs. The line 3 issue is an example of this. Police treatment of protestors in the last few years has become truly mercenary. This is not how we preserve law and order it is prejudicial, narrow minded and currently under the public eye.

  5. Police must be held accountable!
    Too many people of color and others have died at the hands of corrupt police! Enough!

    1. Our children were traumatized and victimized by this horrible violence against a Black man. They saw in him themselves and wondered if they could or would be next. Stand up for them and vote to stop rampant police violence against our communities of color!

    1. I think the changes proposed are good ones both for the police officers who are called on to intervene in a myriad of situations each day and for the public, especially those persons who have been racially profiled. Police officers need to be commended for the hundreds of the things they do for the public that are just and well meaning. I hope the Republican senators can understand that this change in their training will be a benefit for them and the public they serve and a means to address shortcomings that have been highlighted. I agree that too many people of color and others have died at the hands of corrupt and I would add maybe inept officers. Pass this legislation to help them police better by being more accountable. Keep trying Senator Booker !

      1. We must get rid of all the injustices suffered by people like George Floyd, including the injustices inflicted by “some” police officers.

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