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DeFazio Votes in Support of Justice in Policing Act

Mar 4, 2021
Press Release
DeFazio Urges Police Reforms, Improved Accountability

Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) yesterday voted in favor of the Justice in Policing Act, comprehensive legislation to improve police accountability.

“Our country faces a reckoning on the widespread prevalence of police brutality and racial injustice,” said Rep. DeFazio. “For too long, we have ignored the racism present in law enforcement systems in communities across the country. Police brutality and racial profiling have devastated communities, created mistrust between Americans and the public servants sworn to protect them, and, tragically, resulted in countless deaths. To heal the nation’s racial wounds, there must be justice. The Justice in Policing Act is a critical first step, but make no mistake, much more work needs to be done. This legislation will not defund the police. I am opposed to defunding the police. I am committed to proactively working to dismantle institutional racism and oppression, and I’m proud to have voted in support of this legislation.”

The Justice in Policing Act will take steps to combat the pattern of police brutality and racial injustice in our nation’s law enforcement, including:

  • Prohibiting federal, state, and local law enforcement from racial, religious and discriminatory profiling;
  • Mandating the use of dashboard cameras and body cameras for federal officers and requiring state and local law enforcement to use existing federal funds to ensure the use of police body cameras;
  • Establishing a National Police Misconduct Registry to prevent problematic officers who are fired or leave an agency from moving to another jurisdiction without any accountability;
  • Banning chokeholds, carotid holds and no-knock warrants at the federal level;
  • Amending federal criminal statute to successfully identify and prosecute police misconduct; and,
  • Improving the use of pattern and practice investigations at the federal level by granting the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division subpoena power and creating a grant program for state attorneys general to develop authority to conduct independent investigations into problematic police departments.