August 9, 2022


Let'S Talk Law

Civil Rights Leaders Demand Final results in George Floyd Justice in Policing Act Negotiations

FOR Immediate Launch
Don Owens, Lawyers’ Committee, [email protected], (202) 934-1880
Juan Martinez, NAACP Lawful Protection Fund, [email protected], (212) 956-2200
Stephen Peters, The Leadership Convention, [email protected], (202) 466-1887
Teresa Candori, Countrywide Urban League, [email protected], (212) 558-5362
Angelo Greco, Nationwide Coalition on Black Civic Participation/Black Women’s Roundtable, [email protected], (917) 499-2688
Rachel Noerdlinger, National Motion Network, [email protected], (347) 821-9678
Jonah Bryson, NAACP,, (647) 530-6641
Tkeban Jahannes, NCNW, Inc., [email protected], 404-944-1615

We take pleasure in the efforts of lawmakers main the negotiations all around the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. We were heartened to see the U.S. Residence of Associates pass a strong model of the invoice last year and again this year. Nevertheless, more than a year immediately after George Floyd was murdered and weeks after a draft bill was circulated, the U.S. Senate continue to has not agreed on key provisions of the bill. Congress must supply justice. We collectively demand that Congress honor its determination to develop a ultimate monthly bill that can move the Dwelling and Senate prior to the stop of June and guarantee a sturdy George Floyd Justice in Policing Act is handed just before the August recess.

The nation desperately wants a transformation of policing insurance policies and procedures — from internal towns to suburban neighborhoods to rural counties. The only way to commence this process is with federal laws that sets meaningful criteria and removes legal impediments to holding officers accountable for unconstitutional policing methods. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act was conceived and developed with a concentrate on accountability and consists of provisions overwhelmingly supported by the American persons. This vital civil rights legislation is extended overdue.

There are lots of in regulation enforcement who agree that meaningful alter is needed. On the other hand, there are a handful of factions in the legislation enforcement community who do not want significant modify or accountability. They are committed to standing in the way of a bill shifting ahead, and their allies in Congress are letting this obstruction to come about.

Regulation enforcement should not dictate the phrases of, or have the energy to stall, comprehensive police accountability laws. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Elijah McClain, the violent assaults of Jacob Blake, Rodney King, Abner Louima and of much too a lot of other people in communities of coloration had been brought about by a tradition that lets police officers to act with impunity by failing to hold them accountable for their steps. The sensible and required reaction is solid civil rights laws that breaks by means of this society to make meaningful improve.

Congress will have to go a strong law enforcement accountability measure that will address misconduct head-on, not a bill that tinkers all-around the edges of justice and obligation. Significant laws will have to maintain law enforcement officers accountable for functions of abnormal power, sexual misconduct, and obstruction of justice. It ought to place in area a path for those impacted by police misconduct to search for justice in our court docket procedure and exterior oversight actions that maintain each officers and municipalities accountable. It should deter misconduct by allowing legal responsibility and damages that acquire into account the seriousness of these crimes. It will have to have to have knowledge selection on police misconduct and established nationwide expectations for policing. It ought to be certain that the Section of Justice has the instruments it needs to implement the nation’s civil legal rights legal guidelines when they are violated by legislation enforcement officers.

Immediately after so many took to the streets to peacefully march for justice for George Floyd and also numerous other people, Congress should make very good on its guarantee to the country to meaningfully reform policing. The nation is worn out of waiting. Congress must go forward on negotiations by the end of this month and pass a robust George Floyd Justice in Policing Act just before leaving for August recess.