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Washington Report – March 3, 2021

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: March 4, 2021

The House will vote on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (H.R. 1280) March 4. It is the exact same bill the House passed on June 25, 2020 – under a closed rule, meaning no amendments are allowed unless they unanimously supported. It is expected that it will pass the House with a party-line vote.

NAPO is disappointed that House Democrats are moving forward with a vote on this bill without even a conversation about our significant concerns with it. The most concerning aspects of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act are the practical elimination of qualified immunity, the change of the Graham v Connor legal standard of “objective reasonableness” for the use of force to “only when necessary”, and the clear disdain for officer due process, which runs throughout the bill.

There are other areas of the bill where NAPO agrees on the intention and goal.

To read NAPO’s opposition letter to the Justice in Policing Act and the complete March 3, 2021 Washington Report, please click on the links below.

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