Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Mar 3, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1280, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act:

“I have continually been moved by the voices of the people who have peacefully protested in the midst of a deadly pandemic, raising their voices for change after the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless others from police brutality. I remain a strong supporter of law enforcement, but we must make changes to improve the profession and accountability of officers. Of course, making our justice system equal will require action from all levels of government, but the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act is a powerful model. I hope it will lead the way for a better and fairer America.”

The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act will:

  • Increase police accountability in courts
  • Require the collection and storage of data concerning police misconduct and use-of-force
  • Work to end racial and religious profiling
  • Change the standard for use-of-force from reasonable to necessary
  • Ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants at the federal level
  • Require body cameras for federal officers and dashboard cameras for federal police vehicles
  • Ban sexual contact between federal officers and people under arrest, in detention, or in custody
  • Make it a federal crime to violate hate crime laws

More information on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act can be found here.