Hastings, Frankel, Deutch Urge Immediate Local Action on Police Reform
Following House passage of H.R.7120, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) joined Representatives Lois Frankel (D-FL) and Ted Deutch (D-FL) today in sending a letter to Palm Beach County commissioners and mayors calling on them to initiate policing reforms at the local level. H.R.7120 serves as a clear blueprint for governments at all levels to ensure police are held accountable in the justice system, improve transparency in policing through the collection of better and more accurate data on police misconduct, and improve police training.
The text of the letters can be found below and attached, and were sent to the following officials:
Commissioner Hal R. Valeche, District 1
June 26, 2020
Dear Palm Beach County Commissioners and Mayors:
Following the shocking brutal murder of George Floyd and others at the hands of police and the overwhelming response for the need for change from Americans across the country and in Palm Beach County, we are writing you to urge immediate action on police reform.
Yesterday, the House passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act: bold, unprecedented reforms to curb police brutality, end racial profiling and eliminate qualified immunity for law enforcement. This legislation will transform the culture of policing to address systemic racism and help save lives as it holds police accountable and increases transparency.
Specifically, the bill:
With that said, while we respectfully suggest that this bill offers a blueprint for change, we are urging state and local officials not to wait for passage of this legislation before taking needed action on the local level. In that regard, we strongly recommend that you take the necessary steps to review and change the policy and procedures of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office and local police departments where appropriate.
We believe that reform will be a step towards racial justice and benefit the many good law enforcement officers that serve us everyday.
Alcee L. Hastings
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Rules Committee, Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.
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