Washington, DC – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) released the following statement following the passage of H.R. 7120, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020.
“I proudly joined my colleagues today in voting to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020, a first step in healing the cancer of institutional and systemic racism that has corrupted our most sacred institutions and society,” Rep. Speier said. “I am grateful my bill, the Closing the Law Enforcement Consent Loophole Act, was included. It would make it a crime for law enforcement officers to engage in a sexual act with anyone in their custody. Sexual violence is the second most frequently reported form of police misconduct after excessive force and Black women are particularly vulnerable to this gross abuse of power. You cannot give consent while you are under arrest or in custody, and it is egregious that law enforcement officers to this day claim consent when accused of sexually assault. I urge our colleagues in the Senate to take up and pass this transformative legislation and work with us to put our country on the path of achieving true equity and equality.”
In addition to including the Closing the Law Enforcement Consent Loophole Act, the sweeping legislation passed in the House takes numerous steps to achieve transformative, structural change to combat police brutality and racial injustice, 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; and more.
“The work does not end with today’s vote, not for Congress and certainly not for Americans seeking the recognition of their humanity and worth that they need and deserve. We must continue to engage in difficult conversations and accept hard truths to ensure our country emerges from this watershed moment a more just and equitable nation that offers all of us the same opportunities and access to achieve the American dream,” Rep Speier said.