Congressman García Votes for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, Urges Further Reform

March 3, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement after voting for the passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021.

“Today I voted for long overdue police reforms to ban violent practices and increase accountability. Latino and Black communities continue to suffer the deadly consequences of biased policing. In Chicago, after months of protests last summer and promises of better governance, new, horrifying examples of police brutality have been exposed. No single bill can end pervasive racism in law enforcement, but the Justice in Policing Act is a necessary step toward much-needed reform.

“Beyond this legislation, I remain committed to transformative measures that prevent housing discrimination, promote youth employment, increase health care access, and much more. Only by confronting discrimination in all its forms can we begin to address entrenched racism and oppression in the United States.”

The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act will take steps to combat police brutality, including: 

  • Banning all chokeholds;
  • Banning no-knock warrants in drug cases;
  • Ending racial, religious and discriminatory profiling;
  • Eliminating the qualified immunity doctrine that is a barrier to holding police officers accountable for wrongful conduct;
  • Establishing a National Police Misconduct Registry to improve transparency and prevent problematic officers who are fired or leave one agency, from moving to another jurisdiction without any accountability;
  • Requiring data collection, including mandatory body cameras and dashboard cameras;
  • Establishing new standards for policing and the Public Safety Innovation grants for community-based organizations to help reimagine policing in their communities;
  • Making lynching a federal hate crime;

More information about the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act can be found here.