What's in the 'Justice in Policing' Act, Supported by Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, and More?

Hundreds of artists and industry professionals address the House of Representatives

Using their influence for the greater good, many members of the music and entertainment industries have joined forces by signing an open letter in support of the Justice in Policing Act of 2020, in the U.S. House of Representatives. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act is calling for major police reforms to hold law enforcement accountable for their actions by ending religious and racial profiling, requiring body cameras, investigating police misconduct, and overall changing the culture of law enforcement.

The letter’s signees consist of more than 450 artists and actors — including high-profile names such as Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande and Rihanna. And over 300 organizations and industry professionals, including major companies such as Sony Music Group, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group.

Addressed to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, the letter states: “Since the killing of George Floyd just one month ago, our country has seen protests grow, attitudes shift, and calls for change intensify. We in the music and entertainment communities believe that Black lives matter and have long decried the injustices endured by generations of Black citizens. We are more determined than ever to push for federal, state and local law enforcement programs that truly serve their communities. Accordingly, we are grateful for movement of the Justice in Policing Act of 2020 in the U.S. House of Representatives and urge its quick passage.”

Scheduled for a House vote later this week, if passed, the proposed bill will put an end to “qualified immunity” practices in police departments, enacting nationwide bans on chokeholds and no-knock warrants, establishing a national police misconduct registry to collect data and improve investigations into police misconduct, promoting de-escalation practices and establishing updated training programs within local departments.

The letter elaborated, ”The Justice in Policing Act is not about marginal change; it takes bold steps that will make a real, positive difference for law enforcement and the communities they serve… emphasizing that law enforcement officers themselves are not above the law–that bad cops must be held accountable and victims must have recourse”

In it’s closing statement the letter went on to beseech a positive outcome from it’s recipients by using their power in office to champion the proposed ordinance. “This legislation will not only promote justice, it will establish a culture of responsibility, fairness and respect deserving of the badge. Our communities and nation look to you to take a stand in this extraordinary moment and we respectfully ask that you vote YES on the Justice Policing Act of 2020.”

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