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Following Derek Chauvin Sentencing, CAIR Calls on Senate to Pass Stalled George Floyd Justice in Police Act

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/25/21) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is renewing its call for the U.S. Senate to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (H.R. 1280) in response to today’s sentencing of former Minneapolis Police Department Officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. Chauvin was sentence to 22.5 years in prison.  

TAKE ACTION: Click Here to Demand Senate Pass Stalled George Floyd Justice in Police Act  

https://action.cair.com/a/urge-senate-pass-policing-reform

SEE: CAIR-MN ‘Disappointed’ with 22.5-Year Sentence for Derek Chauvin’s Murder of George Floyd 

“DerekChauvin has been sentenced for the murder of George Floyd, yet the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act remains stalled in the U.S. Senate. Congress failed to meet its own self-imposed deadline of passing significant law enforcement reform legislation before the March 25, one-year anniversary murder of Floyd by Minneapolis Police Department officers,” said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw. “Justice should not only come from the courts. Congress must reform our nation’s broken law enforcement system that permits the police to abuse their authority and violate the civil rights of minorities.”  

Adopted on March 3 in the U.S. House of Representatives mainly along Democratic and Republican party lines by a vote of 220 to 212, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act would hold law enforcement accountable for misconduct in court, improve transparency through data collection, and reform police training and policies.    

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, CAIR views the Justice in Policing Act as a good first step.    

On April 29, lawmakers from both the House and Senate held joint part talks about how to advance the legislation before the one-year anniversary of Floyd’s murder. Participants in that meeting included Senators Tim Scott (R-SC), Cory Booker (D-NJ) Dick Durbin (D-IL), Lindsey Graham, (R-SC) and Representatives Karen Bass, (D-CA), Brian Fitzpatrick, (R-PA), Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), and Pete Stauber (R-MN).     

Since then, there have been reports in the media that those same lawmakers hope “present a bipartisan policing reform bill by May 25.”  However, the act remains stalled in the U.S. Senate.   

SEE: Bipartisan police overhaul legislation emerges as anniversary of George Floyd death nears   

Civil rights activists remained concerned about how much compromise is needed to present a bipartisan policing bill the Democrats and Republicans can agree on. House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) has said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” he was willing to compromise on qualified immunity to pass a policing reform bill with Congress having to “come back and try to get it later.”    

SEE: Clyburn says he’s willing to compromise on qualified immunity in policing bill   

Last year, CAIR marked the one-month anniversary of George Floyd’s murder by unveiling a Black Lives Matter banner in his honor on the outside of CAIR’s Capitol Hill headquarters in Washington, D.C. – blocks away from the Capitol and the congressional office buildings – that urged Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. 
   

SEE: Video: CAIR Marks Anniversary of George Floyd’s Killing with Unveiling of Black Lives Matter Banner   

CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, 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.  

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com     

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