- Congressional leaders today introduced a bill to address continuing police killings of unarmed Black Americans like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor
- The bill is in response to nationwide #BlackLivesMatter protests seeking an end to police racism, classism, violence, misconduct, and abuse of authority
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/8/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on all Americans to contact their members of Congress in the U.S. House and Senate to urge support for the “Justice in Policing Act.”
Today, congressional leaders announced the Justice in Policing Act, a federal bill cosponsored by more than 200 members of the U.S. House and Senate in response to the police killings of unarmed black Americans like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and nationwide and to #BlackLivesMatter protests seeking an end to police racism, classism, violence, misconduct, and abuse of authority.
TAKE ACTION: URGE YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO SUPPORT THE JUSTICE IN POLICING ACT
While no one congressional reform package can ever fully address the systemic problem of police killings, violence and profiling targeting Black Americans and other minority communities, the Justice in Policing Act would adopt:
- The PEACE Act, which changes the federal standard for the use of force by federal officers to require that force be used only when necessary to prevent imminent death or serious bodily injury
- A ban on police chokeholds and other harmful tactics that result in asphyxiation, which resulted in the dead of George Floyd
- A ban on no knock warrants in drug cases, which resulted in the death of Breonna Taylor
- A national police misconduct registry to ensure police officers cannot avoid accountability by changing departments and requiring state and local law enforcement agencies to report use-of-force incidents to the DOJ
- Changes U.S. code 18, section 242 to better enable prosecutors to successfully hold law enforcement accountable for the deprivation of civil rights and civil liberties
- Places some limitations on qualified immunity
- Places some limitations on transfer of military equipment
- The PRIDE Act, which creates new grants to report to the FBI and DOJ on police officer-related shootings and use-of-force incidents
- The Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act, which mandates a DOJ review of and issuance of recommendations on police accreditation standards
- Requires federal law enforcement officers to wear body-worn cameras
- The Police CAMERA Act, which authorize a grant program to assist State and local law enforcement agencies in purchasing body-worn cameras and securely storing and maintaining recorded data for law enforcement officers
- Strengthens DOJ Civil Rights Division’s Pattern or Practice Investigations to reform serious patterns and practices of excessive force, biased policing and other unconstitutional practices by law enforcement
- A grant program that would allow state
attorneys general to create an independent process to investigate
misconduct or excessive use of force
“CAIR supports the Justice in Policing Act as a good first step toward Congress listening to the demands of Black Lives Matter protesters and Americans nationwide who are fed up with congressional inaction in the face police violence against Black Americans and other minorities,” said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw. “We look forward to working with Congress to strengthen civil rights protections surrounding body-worn cameras and urge a complete ban on qualified immunity and the transfer of military equipment to police.”
McCaw noted that the Washington-based civil rights organization and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-black racism.
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CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Department Director Robert S. McCaw, 202-742-6448, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, aAjeen@cair.com