June 17, 2020

Harris Statement on Senate GOP Policing Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday released the following statement on Senate Republicans’ policing bill:

“Black people want to stop being killed and Americans from all walks of life are demanding change. We must meet this movement by holding police accountable for misconduct. The bill put forth today by Republican senators fails to do that.

“The bill proposed today by my Republican colleagues is completely silent on police accountability. We should have a national standard for use of force – the Republican bill fails to adopt one. This could have saved George Floyd’s life. We should have a national ban on no-knock warrants in drug cases – the Republican bill fails to address this. This could have saved Breonna Taylor’s life. The families who have lost loved ones at the hands of police should be able to hold police officers accountable in court – the Republican bill fails to address this. The bottom line is that this bill would not save a single life – including the lives of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. 

“I again call on my colleagues to support the Justice in Policing Act, which will put our country on a real path toward improving community trust and accountability for police misconduct. And I urge my colleagues to please understand that tonight and every night, Black parents in America are on their knees praying that their sons and daughters will be safe. We must act boldly to truly fix this system.”