LaHood Cosponsors the JUSTICE Act
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[June 25, 2020]
Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) announced today that he has
cosponsored the JUSTICE Act, legislation that offers real and
sensible solutions to increase transparency, accountability, and
performance in our nation’s law enforcement.
“I am proud to cosponsor the JUSTICE Act—legislation that will
provide meaningful police reforms and provide law enforcement with
important training resources. As a former state and federal
prosecutor, I worked with hundreds of decent and fair-minded police
officers, sheriff’s deputies, state troopers, and federal law
enforcement officers. Acts like those that led to the murder of
George Floyd, however, must be addressed. The JUSTICE Act is a
needed piece of legislation that will support law enforcement at the
state and local level, increase public safety, provide more
transparency, and provide a more equitable justice system for all
The JUSTICE Act, legislation introduced in the Senate by Senator Tim
Scott (R-SC) and in the House by Rep. Pete Stauber (R-MN), will
improve law enforcement performance, transparency, and
Law Enforcement Reforms
Requires reporting on Use of Force, No Knock Warrants, incentivizes
chokehold bans, and increases penalties for false police reports.
Provides data on the use of force that involves death, serious
bodily injury, or the discharge of a firearm, by law enforcement and
against law enforcement.
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Restricts the use of chokeholds, except in situations where deadly
force is authorized.
Justice for Victims of Lynching
Makes lynching a federal crime.
Incentivizes the Use of Body-Cameras
Ensures that there are clear standards for privacy and data
retention and that footage is made publicly available when
appropriate to promote community confidence and transparency. These
standards will also serve to increase accountability in law
enforcement without sacrificing the privacy rights of third parties
or the integrity of on-going investigations.
Alternatives to the Use of Force, De-Escalation, Behavioral
Health Crises, and Duty to Intervene Training
The DOJ will develop and provide training on de-escalation and
implementation and fulfilment of duty to intervene policies.
Law Enforcement Agency Hiring and Education
Helps to ensure law enforcement agency personnel are reflective of
the communities they serve, and creates an African American History
Museum education program for law enforcement.
[Office of Congressman Darin LaHood]