These past few years have put a spotlight on the historical injustices that have plagued the Black community for centuries. Justice and equity for the Black community is long overdue. Having been under siege for generations, systemic oppressions span into every aspect of daily living. We must enact reforms and equitable measures with the same urgency with which we enact laws to protect our citizens from terrorism. It is time to bring ‘community’ back to policing.


There are concrete steps that we can do at the federal level to fight police brutality and protect our communities. I support ending “qualified immunity” for police officers and public officials, which is essentially a get out of jail free card for many police officers, setting a new federal standard of force that focuses on de-escalation and nonlethal methods, eliminating the militarization of local police forces, and more. This is not an exhaustive list and I will work with experts, and the Black community to find solutions that truly protect the community.


In an effort to bring justice to those who have experienced police brutality and prevent future police brutality, I have introduced a legislative package:

 

‘Justice For All’ Bill Package: This package of bills aims to hold officers accountable for their mistakes or for an excessive use of force. The package would require proper training for our officers to ensure they treat everyone equally, recognize mental health crises, and to ensure they recognize and reject any implicit prejudices. The purpose of our police is to keep us safe and serve the community, the ‘Justice For All’ package would bring us much closer to making this a reality.

 

This is a picture of Breonna Taylor’s mother, cousin, and me that was taken at the Justice for All press conference. It was an honor to meet them and hear them speak on Taylor’s behalf.