Spearheaded by Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA), the “George Floyd Justice in Policing Act” has been at the forefront of the Democratic legislative agenda for months. Democrats have applauded the reform bill, presenting it as the only way of achieving real change in terms of combating so-called police brutality or systemic racism.
“Last summer, hundreds of thousands demanded change that ends police brutality, holds police officers accountable and calls for transparency in our system of policing,” Bass said in a statement after reintroducing the House bill in February. “Due to inaction, more than 100 unarmed people have been killed or brutalized by police since then. For more than 100 years, Black communities in America have sadly been marching against police abuse and calling for the police to protect and serve us as they do others. Last year, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support but was neglected in the Senate and by the