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Two pieces of legislation in US Congress to reform police work

BALBIR SINGH | June 27, 2020 11:04 AM

INDIANAPOLIS:The Justice Act, co-sponsored by Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks, gives governments and police departments the tools to hold bad cops accountable, while helping to restore public confidence in the many good cops.

In a communication received today from Susan W. Brooks disclosed that "there are currently two pieces of legislation in Congress to reform police work - the Justice Act, led by Republicans and the Justice in Policing Act, led by Democrats. Members of both parties agree on about 80 percent of the solutions put forward to end police brutality. "I believe reform must be done in a way that also supports law enforcement, " said Susan W. Brooks,

The Congresswomen said "sadly, too many Americans have lost confidence in the institutions created for the purpose of keeping our communities safe. Too many Black Americans across our nation have faced devastating encounters with bad law enforcement officers. My good friend and former colleague, Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), has encountered this issue far too many times with law enforcement. He has been stopped seven times in a single year as an elected official.

" According to Senator Scott, his only offense was “driving while Black.” Unfortunately, his experience is too common. We cannot ignore this happens in our country. The reality is that there are far more good cops than bad cops in this country. The good cops want to get rid of bad cops, because bad cops tarnish the good work of the good cops. These brave men and women put their lives on the line every day to protect and serve us. I’m saddened the good cops are being overshadowed by the horrifying stories of bad cops.

As local, state, and the federal governments discuss police reform, I believe reform must be done in a way that also supports law enforcement.

Supporting police reform is not a binary choice. "You do not have to choose whether to support our Black community or our law enforcement. We must and should support BOTH."

The JUSTICE Act, which I proudly cosponsor gives governments and police departments the tools to hold bad cops accountable, while helping to restore public confidence in the many good cops.

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