The DeSaulnier Digest: Congressional Efforts to Address Racial Injustice and Police Brutality

June 8, 2020
DeSaulnier Digest


In this week's Digest, you will find more information on:

  • Congressman DeSaulnier’s efforts on racial justice and police brutality and
  • A read-out of the contact our office has recently had with constituents.

Racial Justice

The tragic murder of George Floyd shines a bright light on the need for action and for change. We need to take stock of how his brutal attack fits into our nation's history and patterns of racial injustice. Police brutality in any form is unacceptable. If a police officer abuses their authority, they should be held accountable. No one should be above the law. Whether it be through the Conversation on Race town halls and Community Policing Roundtable I've organized during my time in Congress or by supporting legislation to fight for equality, I stand with those fighting for change and will continue to use my voice and my vote in Congress to bring about justice.

Today, House Democrats unveiled legislation to begin to make meaningful police reforms. I am a proud original sponsor of the Justice in Policing Act, which will add real accountability and ban police chokeholds, make lynching a federal crime, and end "qualified immunity," which shields officers from liability for certain acts performed in the line of duty.

I am also a sponsor of other important legislation to bring about change, including:

  • Legislation to hold police officers accountable by ending what is called "qualified immunity," which shields police from liability in most cases, even if they commit tragic acts of violence;
  • A resolution (H.Res. 988) condemning acts of brutality, racial profiling, and the use of excessive force by law enforcement, and calling for an end to militarized policing;
  • The Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Resolution, which would establish a commission that would examine the effects of slavery and racism against people of color, on American history, and its impact on laws and policies we have today; and
  • The Police Exercising Absolute Care for Everyone (PEACE) Act (H.R. 4359) to address excessive use of force and militarization in policing by creating more restrictive rules of engagement for police officers.

To make a true impact on the future, we must look to the past and address the systemic problems that plague our nation. We can and should do better.