Chairwoman Maloney Speaks on House Floor in Support for Justice in Policing Act
Washington, D.C. (June 25, 2020)—Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, spoke on the House floor in support of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020.
On June 8, 2020, Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (D-CA), Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA), and House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced this bill.
This bill is a bold, comprehensive approach to transform the culture of policing to address systemic racism and help save lives as it holds police accountable and increases transparency. It will ban chokeholds, stop no-knock drug warrants, end qualified immunity, and establish a nationwide police misconduct database.
The Justice in Policing Act has 231 cosponsors in the House and 36 cosponsors in the Senate.
Below are Chairwoman Maloney’s remarks as prepared for delivery:
Madam Speaker, I rise today with Americans across this country who are demanding change. I rise in strong support of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.
This vital reform package addresses:
- police brutality,
- law enforcement accountability,
- and racial injustice.
- creates data collection standards,
- bans racial and religious profiling,
- ends the use of chokeholds that killed Eric Garner and George Floyd;
- and bans no-knock warrants like the one that took the life of Breonna Taylor.
It ends qualified immunity to allow full accountability.
This bill is a critical first step toward a more just nation.
We cannot be a country that declares “Black Lives Matter” if we fail to make lasting change to protect the lives of Black people.
We are facing a historic moment and we must deliver historic change.
Vote yes on HR 7120.