Harrisburg, PA — With the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, Tony McDade, and Ahmaud Arbery causing Americans to consider necessary steps to improve relations between local law enforcement and Black communities, and work to prevent the occurrence of future such tragedies, candidate for Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District, Eugene DePasquale called on Congress to pass the common sense reforms outlined “The Justice in Policing Act of 2020.”
“As the son of a veteran, I’ve seen first hand the sacrifices made by those who risk their lives everyday to keep us safe, either overseas or here in our communities. I respect and admire the bravery it takes to make those sacrifices, but I also know we still have significant work to do so that every American is able to trust law enforcement, no matter the color of their skin,” said DePasquale.
“The foundation of our Democracy is that our public institutions serve all Americans, and serve them all equally, and when they do not, they must be held to account. Defunding our police departments is not the answer, but it is clear reform is necessary, which is why I am calling on Congress to pass these common sense reforms. When law enforcement and the communities they protect can trust one another, we are all safer,” DePasquale continued.
The Justice in Police Act of 2020 includes common sense reforms to prevent tragic encounters between law enforcement against communities of color, especially Black Americans. The proposed reforms include: curbing the transfer of military grade weapons to local law enforcement, equipping law enforcement with bias training, and banning the use of chokeholds.
The bill is expected to be voted on in the U.S. House of Representatives this Thursday.