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Jun. 17, 2020


Jun. 17, 2020
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.

CONTACTS: Shadawn Reddick-Smith, 202-225-3951
Daniel Schwarz, 202-225-5635

Jun. 16, 2020

Jun. 17, 2020


Jun. 17, 2020
USA COMMANDER IN CHIEF H.E D.TRUMP SIGNS SAFE POLICING AND COMMUNITIES EXECUTIVE ORDER

Executive Order on Safe Policing for Safe Communities
LAW & JUSTICE

Issued on: June 16, 2020

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Purpose. As Americans, we believe that all persons are created equal and endowed with the inalienable rights to life and liberty. A fundamental purpose of government is to secure these inalienable rights. Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement officers place their lives at risk every day to ensure that these rights are preserved.

Law enforcement officers provide the essential protection that all Americans require to raise their families and lead productive lives. The relationship between our fellow citizens and law enforcement officers is an important element in their ability to provide that protection. By working directly with their communities, law enforcement officers can help foster a safe environment where we all can prosper.

Unfortunately, there have been instances in which some officers have misused their authority, challenging the trust of the American people, with tragic consequences for individual victims, their communities, and our Nation. All Americans are entitled to live with the confidence that the law enforcement officers and agencies in their communities will live up to our Nation’s founding ideals and will protect the rights of all persons. Particularly in African-American communities, we must redouble our efforts as a Nation to swiftly address instances of misconduct.

The Constitution declares in its preamble that one of its primary purposes was to establish Justice. Generations of Americans have marched, fought, bled, and died to safeguard the promise of our founding document and protect our shared inalienable rights. Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial leaders must act in furtherance of that legacy.

Sec. 2. Certification and Credentialing. (a) State and local law enforcement agencies must constantly assess and improve their practices and policies to ensure transparent, safe, and accountable delivery of law enforcement services to their communities. Independent credentialing bodies can accelerate these assessments, enhance citizen confidence in law enforcement practices, and allow for the identification and correction of internal deficiencies before those deficiencies result in injury to the public or to law enforcement officers.

(b) The Attorney General shall, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, allocate Department of Justice discretionary grant funding only to those State and local law enforcement agencies that have sought or are in the process of seeking appropriate credentials from a reputable independent credentialing body certified by the Attorney General.

(c) The Attorney General shall certify independent credentialing bodies that meet standards to be set by the Attorney General. Reputable, independent credentialing bodies, eligible for certification by the Attorney General, should address certain topics in their reviews, such as policies and training regarding use–of-force and de-escalation techniques; performance management tools, such as early warning systems that help to identify officers who may require intervention; and best practices regarding community engagement. The Attorney General’s standards for certification shall require independent credentialing bodies to, at a minimum, confirm that:

(i) the State or local law enforcement agency’s use-of-force policies adhere to all applicable Federal, State, and local laws; and

(ii) the State or local law enforcement agency’s use-of-force policies prohibit the use of chokeholds — a physical maneuver that restricts an individual’s ability to breathe for the purposes of incapacitation — except in those situations where the use of deadly force is allowed by law.

(d) The Attorney General shall engage with existing and prospective independent credentialing bodies to encourage them to offer a cost-effective, targeted credentialing process regarding appropriate use-of-force policies that law enforcement agencies of all sizes in urban and rural jurisdictions may access.

Sec. 3. Information Sharing. (a) The Attorney General shall create a database to coordinate the sharing of information between and among Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies concerning instances of excessive use of force related to law enforcement matters, accounting for applicable privacy and due process rights.

(b) The database described in subsection (a) of this section shall include a mechanism to track, as permissible, terminations or de-certifications of law enforcement officers, criminal convictions of law enforcement officers for on-duty conduct, and civil judgments against law enforcement officers for improper use of force. The database described in subsection (a) of this section shall account for instances where a law enforcement officer resigns or retires while under active investigation related to the use of force. The Attorney General shall take appropriate steps to ensure that the information in the database consists only of instances in which law enforcement officers were afforded fair process.

(c) The Attorney General shall regularly and periodically make available to the public aggregated and anonymized data from the database described in subsection (a) of this section, as consistent with applicable law.

(d) The Attorney General shall, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, allocate Department of Justice discretionary grant funding only to those law enforcement agencies that submit the information described in subsection (b) of this section.

Sec. 4. Mental Health, Homelessness, and Addiction. (a) Since the mid-twentieth century, America has witnessed a reduction in targeted mental health treatment. Ineffective policies have left more individuals with mental health needs on our Nation’s streets, which has expanded the responsibilities of law enforcement officers. As a society, we must take steps to safely and humanely care for those who suffer from mental illness and substance abuse in a manner that addresses such individuals’ needs and the needs of their communities. It is the policy of the United States to promote the use of appropriate social services as the primary response to individuals who suffer from impaired mental health, homelessness, and addiction, recognizing that, because law enforcement officers often encounter such individuals suffering from these conditions in the course of their duties, all officers should be properly trained for such encounters.

(b) The Attorney General shall, in consultation with the Secretary of Health and Human Services as appropriate, identify and develop opportunities to train law enforcement officers with respect to encounters with individuals suffering from impaired mental health, homelessness, and addiction; to increase the capacity of social workers working directly with law enforcement agencies; and to provide guidance regarding the development and implementation of co-responder programs, which involve social workers or other mental health professionals working alongside law enforcement officers so that they arrive and address situations together. The Attorney General and the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall prioritize resources, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, to support such opportunities.

(c) The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall survey community-support models addressing mental health, homelessness, and addiction. Within 90 days of the date of this order, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall summarize the results of this survey in a report to the President, through the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, which shall include specific recommendations regarding how appropriated funds can be reallocated to support widespread adoption of successful models and recommendations for additional funding, if needed.

(d) The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall, in coordination with the Attorney General and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, prioritize resources, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, to implement community-support models as recommended in the report described in subsection (c) of this section.

Sec. 5. Legislation and Grant Programs. (a) The Attorney General, in consultation with the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, shall develop and propose new legislation to the Congress that could be enacted to enhance the tools and resources available to improve law enforcement practices and build community engagement.

(b) The legislation described in subsection (a) of this section shall include recommendations to enhance current grant programs to improve law enforcement practices and build community engagement, including through:

(i) assisting State and local law enforcement agencies with implementing the credentialing process described in section 2 of this order, the reporting described in section 3 of this order, and the co responder and community-support models described in section 4 of this order;

(ii) training and technical assistance required to
adopt and implement improved use–of-force policies and procedures, including scenario-driven de-escalation techniques;

(iii) retention of high-performing law enforcement officers and recruitment of law enforcement officers who are likely to be high-performing;

(iv) confidential access to mental health services for law enforcement officers; and

(v) programs aimed at developing or improving relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve, including through community outreach and listening sessions, and supporting non profit organizations that focus on improving stressed relationships between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.

Sec. 6. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

DONALD J. TRUMP

THE WHITE HOUSE,
June 16, 2020.

Jun. 9, 2020

 

Jun. 9, 2020
The Houston Fire Department Protects 
George Floyd Service Attendees from Record Heat

Over the past few days the Houston Fire Department’s Special Events Team, under the office of the HFD Homeland Security and Planning Division, have been involved in planning meetings in anticipation of today’s high heat index and large crowds for the Funeral Remembrance of George Floyd.

The Houston Fire Department has staffed medical professionals within the service footprint along with a medical triage tent and a cooling station. The HFD has also coordinated with the American Red Cross to provide hydrating stations for all participants. Along with the 102 emergency transport units staffed every day in the City, the HFD has added six additional transport units and four rapid medical response units staged at nearby location of the funeral service and other coordinated events. The HFD “Ambus”, a multiple patient transport vehicle/bus, is also available at the location if needed. 

Currently, the cooling tent, hydration station and medical staff have managed to reduce patient transports from the George Floyd Funeral Services down to two patients, despite the City's high-heat index and crowds estimated in the 10-15 thousand.  

If you are considering in participating in any of the upcoming George Floyd Remembrance Services, please follow the summer safety tips below. 

•    Drink plenty of water and electrolyte-replacement beverages.  
•    Avoid beverages or food sources with caffeine, alcohol or large amounts of sugar.
•    Wear wide-brimmed, loose-fitting hat that allows ventilation to help prevent sunburn and heat-related emergencies.  
•    Wear sunscreen to reduce the risk of sunburn.

For more summer safety tips visit [www.houstontx.gov/fire]www.houstonfire.org

BE SAFE HOUSTON!
 
Jun. 8, 2020

 

 
Jun. 8, 2020

Turner request USA cities to honor Floyd and commit to Police reforms

Mayor Turner asks cities across the country to join in tribute to George Floyd and commit to policing system reforms.
HOUSTON - As the family of George Floyd prepares to hold final memorial and homegoing services honoring his life, Mayor Sylvester Turner has asked mayors across the country to join in solidarity on the issues raised by Floyd's death while he was in Minneapolis police custody.

The mayor has requested that mayors illuminate their City Hall or other municipal buildings in crimson and gold Monday night. These are the colors for Jack Yates High School, where Floyd graduated in Houston's Third Ward.

The mayors of Atlanta, Augusta, Boston, Denver, Jersey City, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Newark, Columbia, SC, Tacoma, and Louisville, KY have agreed to participate, and other mayors are considering the request. Mayor Turner serves in a leadership role in both the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the African American Mayors Association. Both organizations have prioritized police reform, community policing policies and practices.

"This will pay tribute to George Floyd, demonstrate support for his family, and show a commitment by the nation's mayors to promote good policing and accountability," Mayor Turner said.

Last week, Houston City Hall was illuminated crimson and gold in a tribute to Floyd. And the building will be awash in the same color scheme on Monday, June 8, the night before Floyd's memorial and funeral.

Photo credit: City of Houston

Mayor Turner recently announced plans to create the Mayor's Task Force on Policing Reform to review Houston Police Department policies, practices, and procedures.
Jun. 7, 2020