The Coalition To Stop Gun Violence Applauds House Passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act
Washington, DC (June 25, 2020) — Today, the House passed HR 7120, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. The bill would implement much-needed reforms to American police forces through numerous policy changes aimed at strengthening accountability and re-building the trust that has deteriorated between communities — particularly communities of color — and law enforcement agencies.
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Director of Federal Affairs Dakota Jablon issued the following statement:
“The House of Representatives took the important first step toward addressing police violence, accountability, and reform. While much work remains, this bill lays the groundwork for future improvements by increasing the transparency and accountability of American police forces.
“For far too long our police forces have been overmilitarized and have used unjustified excessive force in Black and Brown communities. This toxic environment has been met with inaction from too many politicians at every level of government.
“The work does not end with today’s roll call vote; we must continue to ensure that Black Americans feel protected by those sworn to serve and protect our communities. We encourage Mitch McConnell to take this police reform effort seriously moving forward and allow the American people to witness a real discussion on this important civil rights issue. Voters around the nation are watching.
“Thank you to Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass, Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi for their leadership on this issue.”