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Democrats in Congress unveil police reform bill

By | Rachel Brooks

Staff | Telegraph Local 

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Above, the Black Caucus in February 2020, United States government, public domain.

The Democrats in Congress unveil a new police reform bill. The bill is known as the Justice in Policing Act. This was initially reported by NBC News within the last 24 hours. The Congressional police reform bill would be “sweeping” legislation. The legislation would add additional bans to chokeholds. This would address the particular chokehold that was used by convicted former Minneapolis, MN police officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd during his fraud case related arrest. The legislation would also eliminate no-knock drug warrant searches. This is an effort to reform the situational circumstances surrounding the drug raid shooting death of Breonna Taylor. Ms. Taylor was shot and killed during a drugs bust raid on her apartment in Louisville, Kentucky in March. 

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The Justice in Policing Act has more than 200 Democratic co-sponsors in both the House and the Senate. It would require local police departments to send data of use of force incidents to the federal government. A database for reporting use of force incidents to the federal government is already extant and will launch in its entirety by 2021. It is known as the National Incident-Based Reporting System and is part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s uniform reporting tools. 

NBC News reports that Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Karen Bass, D-Calif, took a leading role in crafting the Justice in Policing legislation. 

Congressmember Bass has been vocal regarding her role in the new legislation via her official Twitter. Bass shared a newscast from KTLA 5 that showed a recent airing of her Justice in Policing Act bill speech along with a super cut of recent protests and their violent escalations. 

“The Justice in Policing Act will hold abusive police accountable, increase transparency, and help communities reimagine public safety and policing. The world is watching. Congress must act,” said Bass in a tweet that was posted at 12:59 am on June 9. 

Congressmember Bass also frequently shared photos of the Congressional session regarding the Justice in Policing Act. She took to Twitter to describe the legislation in brief. 

“The Justice in Policing Act of 2020 will hold abusive law enforcement officers accountable, change the culture of law enforcement and build trust between law enforcement and our communities. It establishes a bold, transformative vision of policing in America. Today we act,” said Bass in a tweet that was posted at 10:01 am on June 8. 

Congressmember Bass was speaking on behalf of the Black Caucus which was also quite vocal via Twitter regarding the Justice in Policing legislation. 

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“Today Members of the @TheBlackCaucus joined their Democratic colleagues in the House and Senate to introduce the bold new Justice in Policing Reform Act. Yes, yes. But before the announcement…Members came together for a moment of silence in Emancipation Hall, wearing #kente cloth to also symbolize the solidarity and commitment to working together for the urgent transformation needed.The significance of this moment in Emancipation Hall cannot be understated as we examine our history. Emancipation Hall was given this name to recognize the contributions of enslaved laborers who helped build the U.S. Capitol. It was this place Members chose to take  a knee in remembrance of all lives lost to police brutality…” said the Black Caucus in a series of tweets on June 8. The entirety of that thread’s statement is available via Twitter. 

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