Urge Your Senators to Pass The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act!
On this anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, we continue to cry Black Lives Matter! Since the death of George Floyd, according to Mapping Police Violence at least 1,068 people have died at the hands of the police in the United States. Racial disparities persist at alarming rates. Black people were three times more likely to be killed by police than white people and were 28% of those killed by police, despite only accounting for 13% of the population. In fact, from 2013–2020, no officer has been held accountable for > 98% of these killing.
The U.S. Catholic Bishops remind us in their pastoral letter, Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, that “God demands more from us. We cannot, therefore, look upon the progress against racism in recent decades and conclude that our current situation meets the standard of justice. In fact, God demands what is right and just.” This is our moment to re-imagine public safety and work towards equitable and just systems that embrace the dignity of each person.
Although this moment led to powerful displays of solidarity and some changes at the local and state level, the fact remains that congress has failed to pass any substantial legislation to demilitarize the police, curb police violence, hold police accountable, and address the racism that exists in our policing system.
Join IPJC in working to pass The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (H.R.1280), which will create accountability at the federal level for police departments, challenge long held racially biased practices and excessive use of force, all with little to no accountability.
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