Rep. Eshoo Votes to Pass Historic Legislation to Address Police Brutality and Racial Injustice

March 3, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) voted to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, historic legislation to hold police accountable, end racial profiling, change the culture of law enforcement, and build trust between law enforcement and communities by addressing systemic racism and bias.

“This legislation is named for George Floyd, whose senseless death at the hands of a police officer shocked the conscience of millions of Americans and sparked a long-overdue reckoning on race in America and a movement demanding racial justice. Congress has heard this call for justice, and in response we passed this critical legislation to hold police accountable, change the culture of law enforcement, and build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve,” said Rep. Eshoo. “While the inequities in our criminal justice system are immense, this legislation is a bold step to address systemic racism in law enforcement, and the time has come to make these reforms the law of the land.”

The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act:

  • Bans chokeholds and no-knock warrants
  • Mandates racial bias training
  • Ends qualified immunity, a legal doctrine that prevented victims of excessive use of force from holding police accountable in court
  • Restricts the sale of military-grade weapons to local police departments
  • Establishes a National Police Misconduct Registry
  • Raises the use of force standard from “reasonable” to “necessary”
  • Mandates the use of body cameras and dashboard cameras
  • Requires collection of data on police use of force

A fact sheet on the legislation can be found HERE.

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