June 26, 2020

Rep. Lawson Votes to Pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) voted in favor of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which passed the House by a vote of 236 to 181. The legislation is a direct response to the calls of countless Americans who have demanded action to address the crisis of systematic racism and police brutality.  The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act holds police accountable, changes the culture of law enforcement, empowers our communities and builds trust between law enforcement and our communities.

“Too many Americans are grieving for all those killed by a pattern of police brutality, and this legislation honors the life of George Floyd by making long overdue reforms in policing," said Rep. Lawson, a cosponsor of the bill. “The Justice in Policing Act delivers the reforms needed to address systemic racism and save lives while increasing transparency to ensure police are held accountable.  Our nation is built on the fundamental promise of equal justice for all, and we must continue to fight to fulfill that promise for all Americans.”

The legislation will:

  • Ban all chokeholds and no-knock warrants in drug cases;
  • Require data collection, including mandatory body cameras and dashboard cameras;
  • End racial, religious and discriminatory profiling;
  • Establishes a National Police Misconduct Registry to improve transparency and prevent officers who are fired or leave one agency, from moving to another jurisdiction without any accountability;
  • Establishes new standards for policing and the Public Safety Innovation grants for community-based organizations to help reimagine policing in their communities; and
  • Make lynching a federal hate crime.

The bill has been endorsed by Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner; Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir Rice; and John Crawford, Jr., father of John Crawford III as well as leading civil rights and social justice groups such as the NAACP, National Action Network, Urban League and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. The bill was also endorsed by leading corporations, law enforcement, major city mayors The full list of supporters can be found here.??


Full text of the legislation is available here.??

Comparison of the Justice in Policing Act vs. the Senate Policing Bill vs. President Trump’s Executive Order can be found here.