Schakowsky Votes for the George Floyd Justice In Policing Act

June 25, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, applauded the passage of The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, H.R. 7120, by a vote of 236-181. She released the following statement after the vote:

“Today, I was proud to vote for and help pass the George Floyd Justice In Policing Act, a critical first step to ending the dark era of unchecked police violence, discrimination, and racism in our country. As our nation still grieves the loss of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks and the thousands of other Americans killed by police, the people have sent their government a strong message: police brutality, misconduct, harassment, and killing have no place in America. For too long, Black people have been forced to endure unfair, unjust, and inhumane treatment by our nation’s institutions. The criminalization and over policing of Black communities must end now. 

“The House of Representatives, led by the Congressional Black Caucus and Judiciary Committee, listened to this call to action and incorporated into the Justice and Policing Act many of the urgent demands made by our communities and the people protesting for racial justice and equity. This historic legislation will hold police accountable by ending qualified immunity for law enforcement, and empowering states to bring ‘pattern or practice’ cases against problematic police departments. It will reform the federal use of force standard to ensure deadly force is only used as a last resort and only after all other options have been exhausted, and ends the use of chokeholds, carotid holds, and no-knock warrants. It also prohibits law enforcement from racial, religious, and discriminatory profiling; demilitarizes state and local law enforcement; mandates dashboard cameras and body cameras for police officers; establishes a federal task force to coordinate the investigation, prosecution, and enforcement efforts of law enforcement misconduct cases; and creates a National Police Misconduct Registry to prevent officers who abuse their power from moving to another jurisdiction. Finally, it creates a program for community-based organizations to create local commissions to re-imagine and develop concrete, just, and equitable public safety approaches. This will allow our communities to move away from policing as we know it and build public safety systems that work for them.

“I am so grateful to be part of this effort. While the Justice in Policing Act is a significant step, there is more work to be done. I will continue fighting to end systemic racism and work to advance policies that shift our approach to public safety away from exclusive investments in criminalization and policing towards investments in education, health care, economic opportunity, and other public benefits.”