Correa votes to pass landmark police reform legislation
Congressman Lou Correa voted to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act—landmark legislation that reforms America’s police departments and rebuilds trusts in our communities. The Congressman, who serves on the House Judiciary Committee, urged his colleagues to join him in passing this critical legislation and restore honor to policing in America.
Congressman Correa also, once again, called on his colleagues to support his efforts to deschedule cannabis, citing cannabis arrests as one of the leading causes for violent interactions between law enforcement and people of color.
Rep. Correa said, “I am proud to join my colleague and friend, Congresswoman Karen Bass of California, in support of her legislation—H.R. 7120 – George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. The tragic death of George Floyd and countless others will not be in vain. The outrage, frustration, and despair we have all felt will not be forgotten.
“While we value and respect the brave and honorable law enforcement professionals who put their lives on the line each and every day to protect us and our communities, we must acknowledge that there are many who should not be police officers. This bill is a comprehensive approach to police reform that aims to end decades of systemic racism by providing better training and oversight.
“I had hoped that arrest disparities—specifically cannabis-related arrests—would have been incorporated into the bill. According to the ACLU, ‘Black people are more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession, and in some states,…ten times more likely to be arrested.’
“Cannabis is a medical and social matter best addressed by health and medical experts and not by our public safety officers. It is time we stop making police officers responsible for public policy change. We must reform the federal cannabis policy.
“Cannabis policy reform alone will not undo all of the practices that have led to demonstrators asking for justice and respect for black lives, but it is a major step in the right direction. For far too long, pleas for justice and reform have fallen on deaf ears in Congress. This changed today.”
This article was released by the Office of Congressman Lou Correa.
Congressman Lowenthal Statement On Passage Of Historic George Floyd Justice In Policing Act
Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), today, issued the following statement on the passage in the House of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act:
“I was proud to join my colleagues in the House today to pass the Justice in Policing Act, historic legislation to bring much needed reform to our policing system. I am so deeply inspired by all those who have spoken out: to demand equal treatment under the law; to affirm that Black Lives Matter; and, to demand change. But, for far too long, a lack of political will has offered no response to the voices across American who have been screaming for decades, “I can’t breathe.”
“Today, we found the will to respond by taking a major first step to end police brutality, end racial profiling, and ensure accountability from our police. The Justice in Policing Act is long overdue, but I believe that we are seeing a societal shift which demands an end to systemic racism and institutionalized inequities that have plagued the lives of Black Americans and communities of color since before the founding of our nation. The Justice in Policing Act is a major first step on that path.
“There is more to do, and the road ahead will not be easy. But we cannot turn away from this moment. It is our duty, as the Representatives of all Americans, to hear the voices of the people and to act. Once and for all, we must address the terrible legacy of our past and put an end to the systematic brutality, bigotry, and hatred.”
To read the details of the George Floyd Justice In Policing Act, click here.
This article was released by the Office of Congressman Alan Lowenthal.
Rep. Cisneros Votes in Favor of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act
Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) voted in support of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. This comprehensive bill addresses a wide range of issues regarding policing practices and law enforcement accountability. It includes measures to increase accountability for law enforcement misconduct, enhance transparency and data collection, and eliminate discriminatory policing practices. Rep. Cisneros is a cosponsor of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.
“For weeks, Americans in the 39th District and across the country have been calling for justice and change. Today, the House is answering that call with the passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act,” said Rep. Cisneros. “Over the past few weeks, I’ve made it a priority to listen and talk to 39th District residents, Black community leaders, and law enforcement officers. One thing is clear, we have to work together to move our country forward. This comprehensive bill will save lives, curb police brutality, and increase police accountability and transparency. With today’s vote, we’re taking a step forward in dismantling systemic racism and building a more equal and just nation.”
H.R. 7120—The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act does the following:
- Mandates the use of body and dashboard cameras;
- Bans chokeholds and carotid holds;
- Ends no-knock warrants;
- Demilitarizes the police by limiting the transfer of military weaponry to police departments;
- Enacts steps to end racial and religious profiling;
- Establishes a National Police Misconduct Registry;
- Reforms qualified immunity;
- Improves the use of pattern and practice investigations on police misconduct;
- Creates law enforcement development and training programs to develop best practices.
Rep. Cisneros is cosponsor of several other police reform bills.
On June 8th, Rep. Cisneros met with Orange County Black leaders to discuss police and criminal justice reform.
On June 18th, Rep. Cisneros attended the North Orange County Public Safety Task Force’s monthly meeting to discuss police reform legislation.
This article was released by the Office of Congressman Gil Cisneros.