Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Jun 25, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, released the following statement regarding the passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act by the full U.S. House of Representatives:

“People across the country and the world have been crying out for justice and to stop persistent police misconduct in the wake of George Floyd’s death. I have always supported law enforcement and continue to do so, because we need strong, competent, and well-resourced law enforcement to keep our communities safe. But law enforcement must nevertheless be accountable to all of the people they are sworn to serve and protect. Americans of all demographics, particularly young people, are demanding change—that we hold law enforcement to the same standard of justice as any other citizen. This bill is a giant step forward for liberty and justice for all and I urge the Senate to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and send it to the President’s desk to be signed into law.”

This legislation:

  • Changes the criminal conduct standard from “willful” to “knowing or reckless”;
  • Ends qualified immunity;
  • Funds independent prosecutors for police misconduct;
  • Strengthens pattern and practice reviews at the federal and state level;
  • Establishes national standards for law enforcement;
  • Invests in public safety innovation grants;
  • Establishes a public national police misconduct registry;
  • Requires data collection on use of force;
  • Bans chokeholds and makes federal grants available only to departments that ban chokeholds;
  • Bans no knock warrants and racial profiling;
  • Permits deadly force only as a last resort;
  • Establishes a duty to intervene by other officers;
  • Mandates use of body cameras and;
  • Prohibits sexual acts with anyone under arrest, detention, or in custody.

The full text of the legislation is available here.

A fact sheet on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 is available here.