PPDC supports H. Res. 998 to condemn police brutality, racial profiling, and excessive use of force

 

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN, in whose district the George Floyd killing took place), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduce H. Res. 988 to condemn police brutality, racial profiling and the excessive use of force.

The resolution states

That the House of Representatives—

(1) condemns all acts of brutality, racial profiling, and the use of excessive force by law enforcement officers and calls for the end of militarized policing practices;

(2) supports strengthening efforts to eliminate instances of excessive use of force, and conduct stringent oversight and independent investigations into instances of police brutality, racial profiling, and excessive use of force, and hold individual law enforcement officers and police departments accountable, including—

(A) calling on the Department of Justice to—

(i) reinstitute its role in investigating individual instances of police brutality, violence, and racial profiling, and police departments that violate civil rights; and

(ii) take on a role in filing briefs urging courts to reconsider decisions that permit unreasonable and excessive police practices and establish meaningful oversight of consent decrees; and

(B) establishing independent all-civilian review boards, with the authority to effectively investigate incidents of police misconduct, to ensure meaningful community level oversight, transparency, accountability, and discipline of police officers; and

(3) calls for the adoption of sound and unbiased law enforcement policies at all levels of government that reduce the disparate impact of police brutality and use of force on Black and Brown people and other historically marginalized communities.