What Does the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act Do?

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.

What Does the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act Do?

According to the GEORGE FLOYD JUSTICE IN POLICING ACT OF 2021 Fact Sheet the legislation will:

End Racial Profiling

  • Prohibits federal, state, and local law enforcement from racial, religious and discriminatory profiling.
  • Mandates training on racial, religious, and discriminatory profiling for all law enforcement.
  • Requires law enforcement to collect data on all investigatory activities.

Save Lives by Banning Chokeholds & No-Knock Warrants

  • Bans chokeholds at the federal level and makes law enforcement funding for state and local governments conditional on banning chokeholds.
  • Bans no-knock warrants in drug cases at the federal level and conditions law enforcement funding for state and local governments banning no-knock warrants at the local and state level.
  • Requires that deadly force be used only as a last resort and requires officers to employ de-escalation techniques first.

Requires Body Cameras and Limits Military Equipment on American Streets

  • Requires federal uniformed police officers to wear body cameras and requires state and local law enforcement to use existing federal funds to ensure the use of police body cameras.

Hold Police Accountable in Court

  • Makes it easier to prosecute offending officers by amending the federal criminal statute to prosecute police misconduct.
  • Enables individuals to recover damages in civil court when law enforcement officers violate their constitutional rights by eliminating qualified immunity for law enforcement.

Empower Our Communities to Reimagine Public Safety in an Equitable and Just Way

  • This bill reinvests in our communities by supporting critical community-based programs to change the culture of law enforcement and empower our communities to reimagine public safety in an equitable and just way.
  • It establishes public safety innovation grants for community-based organizations to create local commissions and task forces to help communities to re-imagine and develop concrete, just and equitable public safety approaches.

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.

What Can I Do?

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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