A MESSAGE FROM CONGRESSMAN STENY H. HOYER
Yesterday I was proud to stand with my colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus and introduce the Justice in Policing Act, critical legislation to bring transparency and accountability to our police departments, improve police training and practices, and address systemic racial discrimination.
The Justice in Policing Act would:
- Prohibit racial and discriminatory profiling by all law enforcement;
- Ban chokeholds and limit the transfer of military-grade equipment to local law enforcement;
- Classify lynching as a federal hate crime;
- Ban no-knock warrants at the federal level;
- Mandate the use of body cameras by law enforcement personnel;
- Establish the National Police Misconduct Registry to increase accountability;
- Reform qualified immunity; and
- Require law enforcement to report use of force statistics.
Following committee action, I will bring this bill to the House Floor for a vote in the coming weeks. I continue to stand in solidarity with the thousands upon thousands of Americans peacefully protesting around the nation. With the introduction of this legislation, Democrats are saying: we see you, we hear you, and we are acting. We must ensure that systemic racism does not exist in our police departments, and I urge my Republican colleagues to support this long overdue bill.
Steny H. Hoyer