House Judiciary Committee Proposes Sweeping Reform

jacob-morch-T0_zDzxYvRM-unsplash-200x300The House Judiciary Committee has taken a bold approach towards tackling issues such as racial profiling by introducing the George Floyd Justice In Policing Act. The act will set a national standard for police department activities and require the aggregation of data on police incidents. Should it turn into a law, the bill will reprogram current funding to invest in new community-based policing services and formalize federal legislation to prosecute excessive force and set up autonomous police oversight attorneys. The act will also get rid of warrants for no-knock, and prohibit chokeholds.

A few of the items outlined in the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 includes requiring all law enforcement on the federal, state, and local level from racial or religious profiling, requiring training, and also requiring that deadly force be used solely as a last resort after de-escalation techniques have been employed. The act also places limits on military equipment on streets, it will require the use of body cameras, and pushes for investigating police misconduct. Furthermore, conspiring to violate current hate crime laws would be deemed a federal crime.

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