Today, U.S. Representative Susan Wild (PA-07) voted to pass H.R. 7120, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, through the House of Representatives. Wild is a cosponsor of the sweeping legislation to curb excessive force, end racial profiling, eliminate qualified immunity for law enforcement, and create a system of greater accountability for law enforcement officials.
"Throughout the past several weeks, I've participated in community discussions and peaceful demonstrations to address the injustice and inequity experienced by Black Americans -- joining thousands of Americans across our nation demanding that we honor this moment with urgent change," Wild said. "And we have to deliver -- our country deserves no less and George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others deserve no less. Today, our vote to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act codifies their movement and takes a long-needed legislative step toward meaningful reform."
This legislation will take numerous key steps to combat the pattern of excessive force and racial injustice, including:
- Banning all chokeholds;
- Banning no-knock warrants in drug cases;
- Ending racial, religious and discriminatory profiling;
- Eliminating the qualified immunity doctrine that is a barrier to holding police officers accountable for wrongful conduct;
- Establishing a National Police Misconduct Registry to improve transparency and prevent problematic officers who are fired or leave one agency, from moving to another jurisdiction without any accountability;
- Requiring data collection, including mandatory body cameras and dashboard cameras;
- Establishing new standards for policing and the Public Safety Innovation grants for community-based organizations to help reimagine policing in their communities;
- Making lynching a federal hate crime; and more.