Haaland Votes for Justice in Policing Act, Bill Passes House
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01) voted to pass the Justice in Policing Act, a bold, comprehensive approach to hold police accountable, change the culture of law enforcement, and build trust between law enforcement and our communities. The bill comes after the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, and calls for an end to systematic racism in the United States. Haaland also introduced the PROTECT Act a bill that takes the next steps to demilitarize local police departments.
Ahead of the Justice in Policing Act vote Haaland delivered remarks on the House Floor urging her colleagues to support the bill. Full remarks as prepared for delivery are below.
Madam Speaker. Our justice system has always been biased.
Slavery. The Trail of Tears. The Long Walk. Jim Crow laws. And recently, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.
‘JUSTICE’ has never been just for everyone, but only for some people.
The systemic barriers that have long blocked every single person from achieving the American Dream have been revealed most recently under the knees of police.
The racism in our system is long lasting, and change is long overdue. That is why I support the Justice in Policing Act.
This bill is a beacon of hope to victims of the systemic racism that plagues our criminal justice system.
This bill envisions a new model of public safety that works to end racial bias, promotes de-escalation training instead of militarization, and is built on community trust, transparency, and accountability.
I urge my colleagues to vote yes on this historic bill.