FIFTH DISTRICT, MD - This afternoon, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) held a conversation with constituents and community leaders to discuss the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. The conversation was moderated by Dr. Rashawn Ray, a Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park and a Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Congressman Hoyer was joined by representatives from local chapters of the NAACP, advocates for prison reform, and victims of police brutality.
"Black lives matter, and Congress has a moral responsibility to address the crisis of racial profiling and police brutality," said Congressman Hoyer. " For too long, systematic racism has taken root in our communities, and our nation is faced with a moment of reckoning. We must act now, which is why I’m bringing the George Floyd Justice In Policing Act to the House Floor for a vote tomorrow. I appreciated the opportunity today to listen to the stories of my fellow Marylanders, hear about their experiences with law enforcement, and receive their feedback on the legislation."
"The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act will take important steps to hold police departments accountable, implement improved police training and practices, and ban racial profiling,” continued Congressman Hoyer. "I'm proud to bring it to the House Floor tomorrow for a vote, but it is only the first step in a long journey we must undertake to heal the divide facing our nation. I appreciated the perspectives shared today, and I look forward to our continued conversation on this important issue."
The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, introduced in the House by Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Karen Bass and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nader, is a comprehensive police reform bill, which will:
- Make it easier to prosecute state and local police misconduct and to recover damages from police officers found guilty of violating the constitutional rights of civilians;
- Prohibit federal, state, and local law enforcement from racial, religious and discriminatory profiling and direct the Justice Department to track systemic racial discrimination by law enforcement;
- Provide federal grants to induce state and local governments to fundamentally reform their law enforcement statutes and policies, such as instituting mandatory bias training;
- Create a National Police Misconduct Registry and mandate state and local law enforcement agencies report use of force data;
- Ban certain chokeholds and other police restraint practices that have caused injury and death during arrests and detentions; and
- Create best practices recommendations based on the Obama Administration’s 21st Century Policing Task Force.
Click here to learn more about the legislation.