Let's Pass Police Reform-Support the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act!

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Today, right now, we have a chance for change. We have a chance to make police reform REAL--and to do that, we need to make sure that the United State Senate knows we haven't spent a summer in protest and centuries in turmoil only to be placated with a piece of watered-down legislation that makes "suggestions" where we, the American people, want LAWS. 

On June 8, 2020, House and Senate Democrats came together to answer that call and introduce the Justice in Policing Act. This is a multi-clause bill created to drastically reduce the death and violence brought on by excessive and unjust police brutality. It's what we need in this historic moment. 

The Justice in Policing Act PROHIBITS AND BANS:
-all racial, religious, and other discriminatory profiling
-all chokeholds and carotid holds
-no-knock warrants in drug-related cases 

The Justice in Policing Act LIMITS:
-the use of deadly force (by requiring officers to prove that force necessary)
-the transfer of military-grade weapons to state and local law enforcement
 
The Justice in Policing Act ENABLES:
-the training of law enforcement officials so that they recognize implicit bias and avoid all racial, religious, and other discriminatory profiling
-the creation of a national police misconduct registry
-that federal, uniformed, police offers wear body cameras
-that state and local law enforcement use existing funds to ensure the use of body cameras
-that all marked federal vehicles have dashboard cameras
-that lynching and other hate crimes be regarded as federal crimes
 
The Justice in Policing Act ENABLES:
-the fair prosecution of reckless police action—in criminal AND civil court

On June 17, Senate Republicans introduced a counter-bill...and asked their one African-American Senator to function as its face. It's even called the 'Justice Act'; as though these things could distract us from the fact that this counter-bill is not nearly as strong, as sweeping, or as necessary as the Justice in Policing Act.

Tell YOUR Senator and Congressional Representative, today, that this is NOT the time to make police reform a partisan issue. The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Atatiana Jefferson, Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Sandra Bland, and countless others are NOT opportunities to "score" political points. We, the American people, Democrat and Republican alike, are standing up to demand REAL police reform RIGHT NOW. 

Our police force is sworn to protect and serve the people. 

Let's hold them to that promise.

Let's pass REAL police reform. Sign this petition to get your senators and representatives to support the Justice in Policing Act.

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