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June 25, 2020

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today the House of Representatives passed on a bipartisan basis the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (H.R. 7120). The legislation implements policing reform to ensure police officers get training and support while being accountable and transparent to the communities they serve. The bill also invests in additional related resources to strengthen our criminal justice system.

"In the wake of the killing of George Floyd people across the country, including many law enforcement professionals, are united in calling for change and better policing. This bill requires better accountability and transparency and gives police officers the tools and training that will help them protect and serve all people as community experts," said Lamb.

The Justice in Policing Act makes significant changes to policing to empower communities and build trust between law enforcement and local communities. Specifically, H.R. 7120:

  • Bans chokeholds;
  • Stops no-knock warrants;
  • Ends the qualified immunity doctrine;
  • Combats racial profiling;
  • Requires data collection, including the use of body cameras and dashboard cameras; and
  • Establishes new standards and training to improve policing.

Additionally, H.R. 7120 authorizes funding to support and enhance police training and accountability, including:

  • $100 million for FY2021-2023 for the Attorney General to carry out pattern and practice investigations;
  • $750 million for a grant program for FY2021-2023 for the Attorney General to provide grants to states for standing up independent investigation of law enforcement processes;
  • $25 million for FY2021 for a grant program for community-based organizations to study and implement effective management, training, recruiting, hiring, and oversight standards and programs to promote effective community and problem-solving strategies for law enforcement agencies; or effective strategies and solutions to public safety;
  • $25 million for FY2021 the Department of Justice for additional expenses related to the enforcement of the Violence Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act;
  • $3.3 million for FY2021 conflict resolution work at the Department of Justice's Community Relations Service;
  • $5 million for the establishment of the National Task Force on Law Enforcement Oversight within the Department of Justice;
  • $5.5 million for the Attorney General for FY2021-2023 for a 2-year demonstration project for the purpose of developing and implementing data collection programs on the hit rates for stops and searches by law enforcement agencies; and
  • Authorizes additional resources to help smaller law enforcement agencies receive technical assistance to comply with the new reporting requirements outlined in the bill.

Click here to learn more about the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.