Today, Rep Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) voted for H.R. 7120, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which would transform the culture of policing in America with reforms to curb police brutality, end racial profiling, eliminate qualified immunity for law enforcement, and build greater trust between law enforcement and our communities.
"Throughout the San Gabriel Valley and across the country, Americans have turned their immense grief over those killed by police brutality into demands for action to end systemic racial injustices against Black Americans and other communities of color. We have heard this resounding call for change, and today we have taken a crucial step to safeguard the civil rights of all Americans and must continue to do so," Napolitano said. "The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act will finally begin to address systemic racism and help save lives, while increasing transparency to ensure police officers are held accountable to the communities they serve. I thank my constituents who have engaged on this issue, lending their support for much-needed, long overdue reforms. It is not enough to say Black Lives Matter; we must put our words into action."
The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act passed the House with bipartisan support by a vote of 236 to 181 and will now go to the Senate for consideration. H.R. 7120 takes key steps to achieve transformative, structural change to combat the pattern of police brutality 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.