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March 04, 2021

Congressman David Trone Votes for Passage of George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Hannah Muldavin, Hannah.Muldavin@mail.house.gov 

Congressman David Trone Votes for Passage of George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

WASHINGTON — Today, Congressman David Trone (MD-06) voted to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, transformative legislation that includes sweeping police reforms to help protect communities and save lives. 

“Tragically, we know that what happened to George Floyd is not an isolated incident. Countless Black and Brown people have lost their lives at the hands of law enforcement in communities across the country, and it is an issue that demands our immediate action,” said Congressman David Trone. “The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act will help us bend the arc toward justice by working to eradicate systemic racism present in law enforcement, putting an end to the harmful policies that allow racism to perpetuate, and creating a justice system that every American can have faith in. I’m proud to be an original cosponsor of this bill. The House of Representatives first passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act last year with bipartisan support. It’s imperative that we pass it once again, and that it be taken up immediately by the Senate so we can once and for all enact these overdue reforms.”

The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act will take numerous key steps to achieve transformative, structural change to disrupt the pattern of police brutality and racial injustice, including:

  • Banning all chokeholds and carotid holds at the federal level;
  • Banning no-knock warrants in drug cases;
  • Ending racial, religious and discriminatory profiling;
  • Eliminating the qualified immunity doctrine that is a barrier to holding police officers accountable for wrongful conduct;
  • Establishing a National Police Misconduct Registry to improve transparency and prevent problematic officers who are fired or leave one agency, from moving to another jurisdiction without any accountability;
  • Requiring data collection, including mandatory body cameras and dashboard cameras;
  • Establishing new standards for policing and the Public Safety Innovation grants for community-based organizations to help reimagine policing in their communities;
  • Making lynching a federal hate crime; and more.      

Congressman David Trone was elected to the House of Representatives in November 2018 to serve the 6th District of Maryland, which includes all or part of Montgomery, Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties. Trone serves on the Appropriations, Veterans’ Affairs, and Joint Economic Committees in the 117th Congress and previously served on the Education and Labor and Foreign Affairs Committees. In Congress, Trone is fighting to make progress on issues that matter to Marylanders, including the opioid epidemic, criminal justice reform, and funding for medical research.

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