Comprehensive reform bill aims to restore the trust between the community and police
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria voted for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 (H.R. 1280), a sweeping police reform bill aimed at promoting accountability within law enforcement and ending racial profiling.
“We must restore the trust between communities and our police force, and we can’t do that without corrective action to end unlawful and unacceptable behavior,” said Congresswoman Luria. “This bill takes a comprehensive and commonsense approach to improving public safety that ultimately makes our police force stronger without cutting funding.”
The Justice in Policing Act of 2021:
-Prohibits federal, state, and local law enforcement from racial profiling and mandates training on racial, religious, and discriminatory profiling for all law enforcement.
-Bans chokeholds, carotid holds, and no-knock warrants at the federal level and limits the transfer of military-grade equipment to state and local law enforcement.
-Mandates the use of dashboard cameras and body cameras for federal officers and requires state and local law enforcement to ensure the use of police body cameras.
-Establishes a National Police Misconduct Registry to prevent officers who are fired from moving to another jurisdiction without any accountability.
-Reforms qualified immunity so that individuals are not barred from recovering damages when police violate their constitutional rights.
-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.
-Creates law enforcement development and training programs to develop best practices.
-Requires state and local law enforcement agencies to report use of force data, disaggregated by race, sex, disability, religion, age.
Creates a grant program for state attorneys general to develop authority to conduct independent investigations into problematic police departments.
-Establishes a Department of Justice task force to coordinate the investigation, prosecution and enforcement efforts of federal, state and local governments in cases related to law enforcement misconduct.
Congresswoman Luria also cosponsored the Justice in Policing Act in the 116th and 117th Congress. It received the support of civil rights organizations, including Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, National Action Network, National African American Clergy Network, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), Black Millennial Convention, and the National Urban League.