Rep. Peters Helps Pass Most Progressive Police Reform Bill In American History
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) helped the House pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020, transformative legislation to reimagine the culture of policing in America. An original co-sponsor of the bill, Rep. Peters voted in support of reforms to curb excessive use of force, reduce racial profiling, eliminate qualified immunity for law enforcement and build greater trust between law enforcement and our communities.
“The culture of policing in America must change,” said Rep. Peters. “There is a tremendous amount of nationwide support for better training, transparency and accountability. The provisions in today’s bill will help us support the good cops by rooting out the bad ones.”
Specifically, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act:
- Bans chokeholds;
- Stops no-knock warrants in drug cases;
- Ends the qualified immunity doctrine, a barrier to holding police officers accountable for wrongful conduct;
- Combats racial profiling;
- Mandates data collection, including body cameras and dashboard cameras; and
- Establishes new standards for policing.
Rep. Peters added, “We are finally seeing a majority of Americans unafraid to face the ugly parts of our nation’s history, standing firmly united to tackle systemic racism and injustice. While our work to put an end to racially motivated violence and discrimination in our country and institutions is far from over, this is a start.”
Rep. Peters also stood on the House floor earlier today to give remarks urging his colleagues to vote yes on the legislative package.