Chairman Nadler Statement on President Trump's Policing Executive Order
Washington, D.C. – Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) released a statement on President Trump’s executive order on policing:
"Tomorrow, the House Judiciary Committee will mark up the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, comprehensive policing legislation to hold police accountable, end racial profiling, change the culture of law enforcement and empower our communities. While the President appears to embrace our emphasis on national standards, a police misconduct registry and mental health intervention, the Executive Order fails to address back-end accountability measures for police misconduct which nearly every expert agrees are urgently needed to prevent continuing police misconduct and violence.
"The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act addresses these measures by changing the criminal standard for prosecutions of police misconduct cases, banning chokeholds, ending racial and religious profiling, and eliminating qualified immunity for law enforcement. These steps are necessary to restore public confidence and help build trust between law enforcement and our communities.
"Our policing system is broken, and it will take bold, transformative reforms to make progress. I look forward to working with the White House, the Senate, and my Republican colleagues to enact meaningful, balanced legislation to hold bad officers accountable and help save lives."
On June 17, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. ET, the House Judiciary Committee will markup the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, the first-ever bold, comprehensive approach to hold police accountable, end racial profiling, change the culture of law enforcement, empower our communities, and build trust between law enforcement and our communities by addressing systemic racism and bias to help save lives. The markup will stream live here.
Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (D-CA), Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA), and House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 on June 8, 2020. The legislation has 227 cosponsors in the House and 36 cosponsors in the Senate. On June 10, 2020, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing to examine the crisis of racial profiling, police brutality and lost trust between police departments and the communities they serve.
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