For weeks now, racial justice protests opposing police brutality have occurred across the country. Congress must take action. These acts of violence are inexcusable as are the discrimination and institutional racism that have targeted Black people since even before the inception of this nation.
On Thursday, the House will be voting on H.R.7120, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, to hold law enforcement officials accountable for their actions. The bill bans chokeholds and “no-knock” warrants, ends racial and religious profiling, eliminates “qualified immunity” for police officers, collects data on police misconduct and use-of-force, limits transfer of military equipment to law enforcement departments, requires body-worn cameras, and classifies lynching as a hate crime.
We urge Senators to support the Senate version of the Justice in Policing Act, S.3912.
Although this bill will not resolve all of our country’s problems with policing, it is a vital first step. And we need your help to make sure it passes.
We need your voice: Tell Congress to hold law enforcement officials accountable for their actions and implement policies to end these injustices.
Check if your Representative co-sponsored the bill or if your Senator has co-sponsored the Senate version of the bill. Call your Representative and Senator if they have not co-sponsored the bill (call 202-224-3121).
Sample Call Script:
Hi, my name is ________ and I am your constituent calling to urge you to support H.R.7120, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, to hold law enforcement officials accountable for their actions. We need policies to stop police misconduct and to end anti-Black police brutality. I urge Representative _____ to support the passage of this bill. Will the Representative do so?
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Zayn Hasan, Legislative Fellow