Van Hollen Statement on House Passage of Justice in Policing Act
“I urge Senate Republicans to listen to Americans, heed their calls for change, and allow immediate consideration of this legislation.”
Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the House of Representatives’ passage of the Justice in Policing Act:
“Tonight the House took meaningful action to provide desperately-needed transparency and accountability in our police systems. The Justice in Policing Act holds police accountable, bans the abusive practices that led to the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, requires public reporting of misconduct, and ends immunity protections for law enforcement in these cases. This legislation is a crucial first step to rooting out racial injustice in our police system. I urge Senate Republicans to listen to Americans, heed their calls for change, and allow immediate consideration of this legislation. We cannot let this moment pass without action.”
Senator Van Hollen is an original cosponsor of the Justice in Policing Act, legislation introduced by Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) in addition to members of Senate, House, and Congressional Black Caucus leadership to end police brutality, hold police accountable, improve transparency in policing and create meaningful, structural change that safeguards every American’s right to safety and equal justice.
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