Senator Tim Scott, who maintains that he has been pulled over by the police “seven times in a single year”, introduced the ‘‘Just and Unifying Solutions To Invigorate Communities Everywhere Act of 2020’’ / “Justice Act” as the Republicans’ legislative response to George Floyd’s death on June 17, 2020.
The Act essentially aims to:
- Require “no knock warrant“ reporting;
- Incentivize end of practice of chokeholds by linking a ban to federal law enforcement grants;
- Require ”use of force” reporting and reporting on when an officer discharges weapon;
- Impose new penalties for not using body cameras;
- Make lynching a federal crime;
- Provide law enforcement with funding to strengthen de-escalation of force and duty to intervene training;
- Establish a commission to issue a report on conditions affecting black men and boys; and
- Establish a commission to review criminal justice system and make recommendations on best practices.
Act can accessed here: https://www.scott.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/JUSTICEActText.pdf
Summary of Act can be accessed here: https://www.scott.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/20.06.17%20-%20JUSTICE%20Section%20By%20Section%20FINAL.pdf