Marshall Leads Police Reform Bill

June 18, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall, M.D. joined as an original cosponsor of the JUSTICE Act, the House companion to legislation introduced by Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), and sponsored by Congressman Pete Stauber (MN-08), who has over 20 years of law enforcement experience. The JUSTICE Act offers real solutions to increase transparency, accountability, and performance so our nation’s law enforcement officers are better prepared to protect and serve their communities.

“My father was Chief of Police for 25 years in El Dorado, Kansas, so police reform is personal to me. All over Kansas, people have been telling me that they want law and order, to keep the peace and protect life and property, but also that they want to prevent tragedies and injustices,” said Rep. Marshall. “This legislation will increase the performance of law enforcement officers, require greater transparency regarding the actions of officers and the policies of departments, and require greater accountability of officers and their supervisors, to increase public trust in this institution that is so critical to our society.”

Among other provisions, this bill would require reporting on Use of Force and No-Knock Warrants, require law enforcement agencies to maintain and share disciplinary records, make lynching a federal crime, provide $500 million for state and local agencies to equip all officers with body cameras, and $225 million in grant funding for de-escalation training.

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