Underwood-Backed George Floyd Justice in Policing Act Passes the House

March 5, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON—This week, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) supported the historic passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (H.R. 1280). This transformative legislation would make communities safer by increasing transparency and accountability in policing across the country. The bill includes reforms to require the use of body cameras, create a national registry of police misconduct, and require officers to intervene when excessive force is being used. Underwood is an original cosponsor of the legislation.

“Since the events of last summer, thousands of Illinoisans and millions of Americans have demanded their communities be made safer for everyone,” said Underwood. “Safe communities and accountable policing go hand in hand, and the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act delivers urgently needed reforms to keep our neighbors safe through increased training, transparency, and accountability in policing.”

The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act would:

  • Require the use of body and dashboard cameras.
  • Require officers to intervene when excessive force is being used by other officers.
  • Establish the first-ever federal database to track police misconduct to prevent officers with a history of abusing their power from being re-hired in other cities or states.
  • Incentivize law enforcement to meet a gold standard in training, hiring, and de-escalation strategies.