WASHINGTON—Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Justice in Policing Act, legislation that would reform policing practices following the death of George Floyd. U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, a cosponsor of the bill, issued the following statement:
“Today I proudly voted for sweeping legislation that honors the life of George Floyd and condemns his murder by making long overdue reforms to policing in this country. This is an important moment that responds to the call of the African American community and all Americans who took to the streets to demand action from their elected leaders.
“I’m glad to see us take this historic step in a way that acknowledges the good work being done by police officers across the country while putting in place measures to hold bad actors accountable. This reform is a strong first step and will help build a better system that prioritizes accountability in police conduct and justice for victims.
“Our fight for justice does not end here. I will continue listening to Black voices in my community and seeking input from forward-thinking law enforcement leaders who want to be allies in this effort. The Senate must now take up this bill or put forth their own meaningful proposal that reassures Black Americans that their lives matter.”
Full text of the Justice in Policing Act can be found here. For a fact sheet on the bill, click here.