Congressman García Votes for Justice in Policing Act, Urges Further Reform
Washington, DC - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement after voting in support of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, an extensive police reform package:
“Today, I was proud to vote for long overdue police reforms that ban violent practices and increase accountability in law enforcement. Rewriting the rules police play by is a cautious but necessary first step.
“The Justice in Policing Act focuses on fixes to our current system. But understanding the history of policing and correcting its legacy requires us to dig deeper. People nationwide are calling out pervasive racism that exists in law enforcement. The legacy of that racism is present in the policies that keep neighborhoods segregated, schools underfunded, and health care unavailable to Black and Brown communities dying of COVID-19 at disproportionate rates. And while this bill contains much-needed police reform, police reform is just one of many changes we must implement to help combat racism.
“I remain firmly committed to advancing broad reforms, like worker justice, youth employment, and affordable housing, as we begin to tackle entrenched racism and oppression in the United States.”