Congressman Salud Carbajal is cosponsoring the Justice in Policing Act, a measure aimed at reforming police training and practices while improving accountability.
The measure was introduced by Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus.
The Justice in Policing Act does the following:
- Prohibits and mandates training on racial and religious profiling among federal, state and local law enforcement
- Bans choke holds, carotid holds and no-knock warrants federally and limits the transfer of military-grade equipment to state and local law enforcement
- Requires the use of dashboard and body cameras
- Establishes a National Police Misconduct Registry to track officers' history across jurisdictions
- Reforms qualified immunity
- Grants public safety funds for communities to reinvent equitable public safety approaches
- Creates best practices development and training programs for law enforcement
- Requires documentation of use-of-force date broken down by race, sex, disability, religion, age
- Builds a Department of Justice task force to investigate and prosecute law enforcement misconduct
Last week, Carbajal joined protesters in Santa Maria to support the Black Lives Matter movement.
"The first step in enhancing the police-community relationship is to ensure that law enforcement leaders across the country have the incentive and ability to remove problem police officers from their ranks," Carbajal said. "I’m proud to be an original cosponsor of the Justice in Policing Act, which makes long overdue reforms to ensure our law enforcement can better serve all members of their community."