Walorski Cosponsors JUSTICE Act to Address Police Reform

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Walorski Cosponsors JUSTICE Act to Address Police Reform

Comprehensive Legislation Would Improve Police Tactics, Training, Transparency, and Accountability

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement after cosponsoring the JUSTICE Act, comprehensive legislation to reform police tactics, training, transparency, and accountability:

“There is no place for police brutality in our society, and it’s time for Congress to act to keep our communities safe and fulfill our nation’s promise of liberty and justice for all.

“The JUSTICE Act will increase transparency and accountability, improve training, expand the use of body cameras, and end the practice of chokeholds. Most importantly, it will help build stronger relationships between law enforcement and the communities they are duty-bound to serve and protect.

“Unlike misguided efforts to defund or abolish the police, this commonsense, comprehensive bill will put our nation on a path to greater healing, unity, safety, and justice. I hope Congress moves quickly to send this vital legislation to the president’s desk.”

BACKGROUND

Congresswoman Walorski is an original cosponsor of the Just and Unifying Solutions to Invigorate Communities Everywhere (JUSTICE) Act, the House companion to legislation introduced in the Senate this week by U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.). The legislation offers real solutions to increase transparency, accountability and performance so our nation’s law enforcement officers are better prepared to protect and care for the communities they serve.

The JUSTICE Act would:

  • Improve law enforcement transparency through additional reporting, including annual reporting on the use of force and reporting on no-knock warrants;
  • Ensure law enforcement agencies and officers are held accountable by developing accessible disciplinary records systems;
  • Provide $500 million for state and local law enforcement agencies to equip all officers with body cameras, improve the use of body cameras, and store and retain footage;
  • Ban the use of chokeholds except for in situations where deadly force is authorized;
  • Improve officer training by directing the Attorney General to develop training curricula related to the duty to intervene and de-escalation and appropriating funds to pay for costs associated with new training requirements;
  • Include the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act, making lynching a federal crime; and
  • Create a bipartisan commission on the social status of black men and boys to issue a report to Congress on conditions affecting black men and boys, including education, health care, financial status and the criminal justice system.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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