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Rep. Fudge Votes for Justice in Policing Act

WASHINGTON –Today, Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) voted for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, legislation with bold reforms to hold police accountable and restore trust between law enforcement and the communities they are sworn to protect and serve.  Rep. Fudge is an original cosponsor of the bill.

“Today, I’m thinking of Tamir Rice on what would have been his 18th birthday,” said Rep. Fudge.  “He should still be alive today.  He should be graduating high school with the class of 2020.  In the name of Tamir Rice, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and the countless Black lives cut short by police brutality, we took action.

“Across the country, people of all races, backgrounds and ages have channeled decades of frustration and outrage into calls for change.  Congress has heard those cries and answered with the Justice in Policing Act.  This long-overdue legislation will put our police system on the path to reform.  From banning chokeholds and no-knock warrants to reforming qualified immunity, the bill will help hold police accountable and ensure every community is protected by law enforcement.  It also establishes a national police misconduct database to prevent problematic officers from moving to another jurisdiction without accountability, like Tamir Rice’s killer.

“The path to justice started today.  Passage of the Justice in Policing Act is an important and necessary step towards addressing police brutality and racial profiling.  But more must be done to remove the knee that has been on the neck of Black communities for generations.  We must continue to work to root out the institutional failures that block fulfillment of America’s promise of liberty and justice for all.”

Full text of the legislation is available here.

A fact sheet on the Justice in Policing Act of 2020 is available here.