George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

Four California Criminal Justice Reform Laws That Took Effect This Year

Two weeks ago, President Joe Biden signed a federal policing accountability executive order based on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 authored by Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA-37). That action supplements other criminal justice reforms affecting Californians that took place this year. Several other criminal justice reforms at the state level went into effect in January.

Study Shows Police Killings in U.S. Have Been Widely Undercounted

Last summer, after the May 25, 2020 killing of George Floyd by former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, there were protests in the streets around the U.S. The moment brought forward even more analysis over police violence. Over the last five years, several high-profile killings of African Americans in the U.S. have been caught on camera and forced legislatures to re-evaluate policing policies.  Police killings in the United States have been massively undercounted according to a study by the University of Washington. The study was published on September 27 in The Lancet, peer-reviewed medical journal.  Researchers compared data from the

Congressional Black Caucus on the One Year Commemoration of the Murder of George Floyd

Tuesday, May 25, 2021, marks one year since the horrific murder of George Floyd by former police officer Derek Chauvin. Chauvin was found guilty of all three charges brought against him on April 20, 2021. Mr. Floyd’s murder was filmed on a camera phone and shared all over the world. Individuals nationwide organized to march, protest, and kneel in honor of George Floyd.

House of Representatives Passes George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

“For too long, we have endured the pain of watching or seeing the deaths of people of color, particularly Black men and women, at the hands of rogue police officers who operate with impunity and take it upon themselves to be the arbiters of life and death,” Congresswoman Maxine Waters declared. “The trauma that our communities feel is only made worse by the ways in which we are forced to reckon with the reality that Black people are over 3.5 times more likely to be killed by police than white people, and Black teenagers are 21 times more likely to be killed by police than white teenagers.”

Louisiana Trooper Suspended Over Violent Death of Shackled Man

This week, authorities announced they had suspended Louisiana State Police Master Trooper Kory York, and acknowledged that Ronald Greene, who was shackled, handcuffed and dragged, “was mistreated.” The admission came after Greene’s family viewed graphic body camera footage of the arrest that included York using a barrage of expletives as he detained the Black motorist. York and other troopers were seen on the video choking and beating Greene.

Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson on Restoring Justice with Protest Power to Break Cultural Addictions in LAPD

In the 60’s and 70’s, taking it to “The Man” was a norm for Black people. No jive. In 2020, the massive wave of protests got the whole world shook and the establishment asking, “What are we going to do to calm these people down?” Obviously, the constituents’ response today is trending. The spirit of our youth gets a 2020 soul clap.