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NAPO Update: Congress to move on police reform proposals

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: June 3, 2020

NAPO plans to be involved in “police reform” hearings scheduled by the House Judiciary Committee next week and the Senate Judiciary Committee the week of June 15. NAPO’s Director of Governmental Affairs Andrea Edmiston recently shared this update with members:

Dear Members,

As you may have heard, both the House and Senate have indicated they will be considering police reform policies and legislation in response to the death of George Floyd. The House Judiciary Committee will be holding a hearing on “police reform” next week and I have reached out to both Chairman Jerrold Nadler’s staff and Ranking Member Jim Jordan’s staff to ensure NAPO has a voice in the hearing and what policies are being proposed. A repeat of the September police reform hearing which starred the Rev. Al Sharpton would only illustrate that lawmakers are not serious about having a real conversation about policing. Chairman Nadler indicated that after the hearing, the goal would be for the Committee to markup reform legislation and bring it to the House floor for a vote by the end of June.

Banning vascular neck restraints, severely curbing law enforcement’s access to surplus military equipment, and on limiting qualified immunity for officers are the leading proposals in the House. NAPO has submitted our concerns on the first two bills and we are closely watching for legislative text on the qualified immunity proposal. As you know, NAPO has successfully argued for qualified immunity on behalf of our officers in the U.S. Supreme Court more than any other law enforcement organization.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham has also indicted that he will be holding a hearing on policing the week of June 15. NAPO has been in contact with both his staff and Ranking Member Feinstein on the hearing. We feel that the Senate is where law enforcement officers will have the greatest chance of having our voices heard.

We will keep you updated on these hearings as they move forward and any legislation or policies that gain traction.

Thank you and stay safe,

Andrea Edmiston
Director of Governmental Affairs
National Association of Police Organizations

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