What's in the #JUSTICEAct?

Following his introduction of the JUSTICE Act last Wednesday, U.S. Senator Tim Scott released a video in which he explains the contents of the bill.

“Black men are 2.5 times more likely than white men to be killed by the police,” Senator Scott said in the video. “That number has to come down.
“George Floyd, Walter Scott, and Breonna Taylor should not be dead. The JUSTICE Act will help to ensure that that list does not grow longer.”

The full video is provided below.

Here's a quick video to walk you through it.

What's in the #JUSTICEAct?

The JUSTICE Act is now cosponsored by 47 U.S. Senators: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senators Cornyn (R-TX), Graham (R-SC), Capito (R-WV), Sasse (R-NE), Lankford (R-OK), Alexander (R-TN), McSally (R-AZ), Tillis (R-NC), Braun (R-IN), Roberts (R-KS), Burr (R-NC), Cramer (R-ND), Rubio (R-FL), Thune (R-SD), Wicker (R-MS), Daines (R-MT), Blunt (R-MO), Inhofe (R-OK), Hoeven (R-ND), Collins (M-ME), Crapo (R-ID), Ernst (R-IA), Fischer (R-NE), Young (R-IN), Boozman (R-AR), Romney (R-UT), Risch (R-ID), Grassley (R-IA), Portman (R-OH), Gardner (R-CO), Enzi (R-WY), Cotton (R-AR), Shelby (R-AL), Loeffler (R-GA), Rounds (R-SD), Kennedy (R-LA), Barrasso (R-WY), Perdue (R-GA), Blackburn (R-TN), Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Cassidy (R-LA), Johnson (R-WI), Moran (R-KS), Cruz (R-TX), Sullivan (R-AK), and Murkowski (R-AK).

Here is a summary of the Justice Act below:

Law Enforcement Reform

The JUSTICE Act strengthens the training methods and tactics throughout law enforcement jurisdictions, especially regarding de-escalation of force and the duty to intervene, providing law enforcement with new funding to do so, and will also end the practice of utilizing chokeholds

Additionally, the bill will reform hiring practices by providing more resources to ensure the makeup of police departments more closely matches the communities they serve

The JUSTICE Act also ensures when a candidate is interviewed, the department looking to hire will have access to their prior disciplinary records

Too often, after a tragic incident, we have learned the offending officer had a disciplinary past in another jurisdiction of which their current employer was unaware

Accountability

Studies show that when body cameras are properly used violent encounters decrease significantly

The JUSTICE Act will put more body cameras on the streets, and ensure that departments are both using the cameras and storing their data properly

JUSTICE also requires a report establishing best practices for the hiring, firing, suspension, and discipline of law enforcement officers

Transparency

Currently, only about 40 percent of police officers from jurisdictions nationwide report to the FBI after an incident where an officer has discharged his or her weapon or used force

The bill will require full reporting in these two areas

There is also very little data as to when, where and why no knock warrants are used, and the JUSTICE Act will require reporting in this area as well

Additional Steps

The JUSTICE Act will finally make lynching a federal crime

It also creates two commissions to study and offer solutions to a broader range of challenges facing black men and boys, and the criminal justice system as a whole

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