Six ways the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act will change policing
Justice is a government that cares for us, funds our futures and realizes our dream of a country where all of us can thrive, no exceptions.
The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act is a bold, comprehensive approach to hold police accountable, change the culture of law enforcement, empower our communities, and build trust between law enforcement and our communities by addressing systemic racism and bias to help save lives.
According to the GEORGE FLOYD JUSTICE IN POLICING ACT OF 2021 Fact Sheet the legislation will:
End Racial Profiling
Save Lives by Banning Chokeholds & No-Knock Warrants
Requires Body Cameras and Limits Military Equipment on American Streets
Hold Police Accountable in Court
Empower Our Communities to Reimagine Public Safety in an Equitable and Just Way
The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act does not defund the police
According to Supermajority, while critics of the bill, like House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, have tweeted suggestions that this bill will defund the police, it doesn’t. “The way this bill uses money is to condition federal support for police on them taking certain actions,” supporters said. This means that state and local police departments risk losing federal funds unless they take action on banning chokeholds, tracking data, and other measures the bill lays out.
Most of us, no matter our color, background, or zip code, believe that George Floyd and his family deserve justice. And we know that the guilty verdict for Derek Chauvin is one step toward accountability. But for far too long politicians have forced us to live in fear by looking the other way when Black people are harmed and killed by police.
We must lean into this moment in history and ensure that the death of George Floyd was not in vain. It will lead to a more just America, a more equitable America. An America where everyone has the freedom to live without fear from persecution and death from those meant to protect us.
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