Larsen Votes for Police Conduct Reform, Equal Justice Legislation
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) voted for landmark legislation to halt police violence, help build confidence in law enforcement and keep communities safe. The Justice In Policing Act passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 236 to 181.
“Black lives matter.
“Real justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sandra Bland and countless others and their families means ending police brutality and addressing the systemic issues that enable racism and inequity to persist,” said Larsen. “This bill includes practical, life-saving reforms developed with input from the Second District community and elected leaders to demilitarize law enforcement, hold officers accountable for misconduct, improve transparency and establish 21st-century standards for protecting communities.
“In my conversations with local leaders and community members, one message has been clear: police conduct reform alone is not enough. I will continue to listen to and work with local, state and federal leaders to address systemic racism that limits opportunity and equity for millions of Black Americans.”
Specifically, the Justice in Policing Act:
Larsen is a strong supporter of efforts to end police brutality and address systemic racism and inequity. Earlier this month, Larsen cosponsored Rep. Ayanna Pressley's resolution to condemn police brutality, racial profiling and the use of excessive force. He supports Rep. Frederica Wilson's bipartisan bill to establish a federal commission to study the fundamental systemic racism facing Black men and boys in the United States. Larsen is also a longtime supporter of Rep. Hank Johnson’s efforts to demilitarize law enforcement through the annual National Defense Authorization Act.
For text of the Justice In Policing Act, click here.
For a summary of the Justice In Policing Act, click here.
For a side-by-side comparison of the Justice In Policing Act, Senate Republicans’ Justice Act and President Trump’s Executive Order on Safe Policing for Safe Communities, click here.