Pingree Cosponsors Most Significant Federal Police Reform Package in Generations
The Justice in Policing Act of 2020 Would Ban Chokeholds, Address Qualified Immunity, Make Lynching a Federal Hate Crime
Washington, June 8, 2020
Tags: Racial Justice
Amid nationwide protests of police brutality toward Black Americans, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced her original co-sponsorship of the bicameral Justice in Policing Act of 2020, which would hold law enforcement accountable for misconduct and increase transparency in policing.
“While policing happens at the local level, Congress must take the lead in enacting overdue law enforcement reforms to bring about structural change across the nation,” said Pingree. “Unchecked racial bias and the well-documented use of force against Black Americans is a scourge on our country, and the lack of accountability from police departments is both outrageous and unacceptable. The Justice in Policing Act of 2020 would ban police from using the chokeholds and carotid holds which killed George Floyd, Eric Garner, and too many others whose stories we do not know. The bill would address the injustice of qualified immunity, which has allowed the police to evade consequences for the murder of Breonna Taylor and countless others. If lawmakers can decry racial injustice on social media and say ‘Black Lives Matter,’ they must join us in supporting this historic bill to protect the lives of Black Americans from police brutality.”
The Justice in Policing Act of 2020 would be the most significant federal police reform legislation in generations. Since the murder of George Floyd by four Minneapolis police officers on May 25, millions of Americans have taken to the streets to protest police brutality and systemic racism.
The Justice in Policing Act of 2020 will:
Hold police accountable in our courts by:
Improve transparency into policing by collecting better and more accurate data of police misconduct and use-of-force by:
Improve police training and practices by:
Make lynching a federal crime by:
In addition to her co-sponsorship of the Justice in Policing Act of 2020, Pingree supports the following bills to address systemic racism and racially biased policing in America: