Kaptur Votes to Pass George Floyd Justice in Policing Act
Washington, D.C. — Today, Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), senior Member of the House Appropriations Committee, voted in support of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. The legislation, which passed the House one month after the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police Officer, takes dramatic steps to save lives, curb police violence, end racial profiling, end qualified immunity for law enforcement, ensure accountability, and more.
“Safe communities require respect between people.” said Rep. Kaptur. “Where respect fails, threats to safety can emerge. The way our country approaches policing must be reevaluated. How can a civil society maintain order and protect human life? Reimagining policing from the neighborhood up makes sense. Wherever we live, there is no better civil policing than by individuals who know a community and its people well. They work together for the common good. That is why I voted in favor of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. This legislation moves us forward in our fight to address racism in policing and hold offenders accountable to the public they swore to protect and serve – especially Black Americans, who are killed at a disproportionate rate during police interactions and whose families and communities too often fail to receive the justice they deserve. George Floyd’s killing was a tragedy. Those eight and a half painful minutes in our collective American history must result in positive action and change. We cannot fail. The eyes of a concerned nation now look to the Senate. The Senate must immediately take up and pass this legislation without delay.”