Since last spring, attention has turned to lawmakers regarding the growing demand from across the nation for meaningful changes to policing. In response, Congress passed H.R. 1280: George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.
The legislation would ban chokeholds and end qualified immunity for law enforcement — the legal protection for police officers that limits victims’ ability to sue for misconduct. It would ban no-knock warrants in federal drug cases, mandate data collection on police encounters, and create a nationwide police misconduct registry to help hold problematic officers accountable. The bill would also prohibit racial and religious profiling and redirect funding to community-based policing programs.
H.R. 1280: George Floyd Justice in Policing Act is now heading to the Senate for a vote. As the Senate debates this bill, we invite you to contact your Senators to tell them how you feel about racial justice and police reform.