America is in the midst of a much needed national reckoning. And unfortunately, we have all seen the undeniable acts of police brutality against peaceful protesters demanding change and stating loud and clear that Black Lives Matter.
There are many things Congress could do TODAY to stop the epidemic of police brutality against persons of color, and which I’m proud to support in Congress.
- We must give local police departments incentives to improve community policing and reduce police misconduct, which the Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act does
- The weapons of war have no place in civilian law enforcement and we must end the sale of military weapons to local police by passing the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act
- We can end the use of chokeholds by police with the Erik Garner Excessive Use of Force Prevention Act
- Congress can completely reform qualified immunity for police officers by passing the Justice in Policing Act of 2020
We must also end of the use of racial profiling by law enforcement, and end mandatory minimum sentences which disproportionately effect persons of color. These are a few first steps we can take, and I look forward to working with President Biden to pass them.