PHOENIX – House Democrats have just passed a policing reform proposal in honor of George Floyd, whose death in police custody sparked nationwide calls to address police misconduct and racial injustice and prompted weeks of protests. Arizona’s Democratic U.S. House Representatives were all co-sponsors of the bill, which passed largely along party lines with most Republicans opposing it.
The legislation has provisions to reform qualified immunity for law enforcement, prohibitions on racial profiling on the part of law enforcement, bans no-knock warrants in federal drug cases, and it would ban chokeholds at the federal level and classify them as a civil rights violation. Additionally, the legislation would establish a national registry of police misconduct maintained by the Department of Justice.
“Arizona Democrats were thrilled to see this legislation introduced earlier this month and today we were proud to see it pass the House,” said Matt Grodsky, Arizona Democratic Party spokesman, “Arizona Democrats applaud our Democratic Representatives in the House for doing the right thing and advancing this important legislation. There is more that needs to be done, but this is the first step in repairing a broken system and addressing generations of injustice.”