Washington, D.C. — This evening, Rep. Lucy McBath (GA-06) voted to pass H.R. 1280, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021. This bill makes bold, comprehensive reforms to change the culture of law enforcement, empower our communities, and build trust by taking steps to curb excessive force, end racial profiling, and eliminate qualified immunity for law enforcement. McBath’s remarks on the House floor in support of the bill can be found here.

“I am so proud of our many officers in Georgia's Sixth District, here in the Capitol Building, and those nationwide who do all they can to keep our families safe. They have the trust of their communities, and as a result are better at ensuring everyone’s safety,” said McBath. “This bill is about making sure every officer and every department is held to the high standard set by officers like these. By passing the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, we ensure all of our police officers have the resources to become our very best police officers, and that will make every one of us safer.”

Last year, McBath addressed Mr. Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, drawing on her own loss in an emotional plea for action to be taken to save lives and prevent violence during the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing on the bill.

The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act takes numerous key steps to achieve structural change, including banning all chokeholds and no-knock warrants in drug cases; ending racial, religious and discriminatory profiling; making lynching a federal hate crime; eliminating the qualified immunity doctrine; and establishing new standards for both policing and the Public Safety Innovation grants given to community-based organizations to help reimagine policing in their communities.