House Judiciary Committee Set to Debate Justice in Policing Act on June 17

The House Judiciary Committee is set to debate, amend and rewrite the Justice in Policing Act at 9 a.m. (CST) Wednesday, June17.

The process, called “markup” is the first step in the proposed legislation’s path to be signed into law. It must make it out of committee to be considered by the full House.

With the House controlled by Democrats, 24 of the committee’s members 41 members are Democrats, including Louisiana’s U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond (LA-2), along with Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Karen Bass (Calif-33) and U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas-18).

The Act is considered the first-ever comprehensive approach to hold police accountable, end racial profiling, change the culture of law enforcement, empower our communities, and build trust between law enforcement and our communities by addressing systemic racism and bias to help save lives. 

Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (D-CA), Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), and House Judiciary Committee Chair U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced the Bill on June 8.

On June 10, 2020, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing to examine the crisis of racial profiling, police brutality and lost trust between police departments and the communities they serve.

The House judiciary Committee will stream live at 9 a.m. (CST) here.

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