Congressman Lou Correa (CA-46) joined House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (CA-37), and Senator Cory Booker (NJ) to introduce the Justice in Policing Act. The legislation works to improve police training, enhance transparency by collecting better data on police misconduct, and hold bad police officers accountable.
Rep. Correa said, “After the senseless murder of George Floyd and so many others, the Justice in Policing Act is an important step toward ensuring that public safety works for all Americans. No one should fear the police. Yet, for many people, this fear is commonplace. Countless Americans all across the country are demanding reform. We have heard their call and are taking action.
“As a citizen and an elected official, I have worked with public safety to earn mutual trust in our neighborhoods. We depend on police officers to keep us safe, and many officers work hard to earn that trust. We cannot permit a few individuals, who are not qualified to wear a badge, to destroy our years of hard work in bringing our community’s public safety to a place of mutual trust.
“This legislation helps address this problem by giving police officers the tools they need to be better while updating our legal system to hold bad cops accountable. This is a commonsense path forward all Americans can be proud to support.”
BACKGROUND: The Justice In Policing Act addresses the historical lack of accountability faced by problematic police officers and the departments that employ them. This bill addresses several key elements to improve education, transparency, and accountability to ensure communities can once again have faith in their police officers.
This article was released by the Office of Congressman Lou Correa.