Capitol Hill Democrats Take A Knee Before Tackling Police Reform

Washington, D.C. (Monday, June 8, 2020) – Top democrats from both the House and Senate today unveiled an aggressive plan to overhaul policing in the United States.  The Justice In Policing Act of 2020 would ban chokeholds, establish a national database to track police misconduct, and prohibit certain no-knock warrants, among of other things.

The action comes after days of protests nationwide that were sparked by the May 25th death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.

Leaders of both the House and Senate unveiled the measure after holding a moment of silence in memory of Floyd.  Draped in kente cloths members also took a knee.  California Congressmember Karen Bass and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus helped to draft the legislation.  “Never again should the world be subjected to witnessing what we saw on the streets in Minneapolis, the slow murder of an individual by a uniformed police officer,” Bass said.