Congressman Lowenthal Statement On Passage Of Historic George Floyd Justice In Policing Act

June 25, 2020
Press Release

Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), today, issued the following statement on the passage in the House of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.

“I was proud to join my colleagues in the House today to pass the Justice in Policing Act, historic legislation to bring much needed reform to our policing system. I am so deeply inspired by all those who have spoken out: to demand equal treatment under the law; to affirm that Black Lives Matter; and, to demand change. But, for far too long, a lack of political will has offered no response to the voices across America who have been screaming for decades, "I can't breathe."

“Today, we found the will to respond by taking a major first step to end police brutality, end racial profiling, and ensure accountability from our police. The Justice in Policing Act is long overdue, but I believe that we are seeing a societal shift which demands an end to systemic racism and institutionalized inequities that have plagued the lives of Black Americans and communities of color since before the founding of our nation. The Justice in Policing Act is a major first step on that path. 

“There is more to do, and the road ahead will not be easy. But we cannot turn away from this moment. It is our duty, as the Representatives of all Americans, to hear the voices of the people and to act. Once and for all, we must address the terrible legacy of our past and put an end to the systematic brutality, bigotry, and hatred.”

To read the details of the George Floyd Justice In Policing Act, click here.