Kuster Statement on House Passage of Policing Reform and Equal Justice Legislation
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement after voting for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act:
“As a nation, we must acknowledge that systemic racism and inequality in treatment by law enforcement are pervasive within our society and work to end these injustices. It is in every American’s best interest to ensure our nation’s police officers are held to the highest standard and enact safeguards to protect the public, prohibit federal and state law enforcement from using racial profiling, and ensure that police are held accountable to the communities they serve.
“Over recent weeks, I have had conversations with local law enforcement and civil rights leaders about solutions to increase transparency and ensure justice in policing. Today’s legislation is a long-overdue step towards ensuring equal justice for all Americans. I am proud to stand on the right side of history with my colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus in supporting this legislation. This bill will provide law enforcement with enhanced training to manage demanding situations, improve transparency, enact structural change, hold perpetrators of police brutality accountable for their actions, and keep all Americans safe.”
Rep. Kuster is an original cosponsor of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act which includes bold, unprecedented, and long-overdue reforms to curb police brutality, end racial profiling, and eliminate qualified immunity for law enforcement.
Specifically, this bill:
- Bans chokeholds;
- Stops no-knock warrants;
- Ends the qualified immunity doctrine that is a barrier to holding police officers accountable for wrongful misconduct;
- Combats racial profiling;
- Mandates data collection, including body cameras and dashboard cameras; and
- Establishes new standards for policing.