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Congressional Black Caucus Issues Statement on Status of President Biden’s Executive Order on Policing

Today, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Steven Horsford (NV-04) and members of the Congressional Black Caucus issued the following statement regarding the status of the Department of Justice’s implementation of President Biden’s executive order on policing.

“Today marks three years since the tragic and untimely death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As we honor the life and memory of Mr. Floyd, we are reminded of the work that we must do to put an end to bad policing in America.

“In the year since President Biden issued the executive order on policing, the Congressional Black Caucus has been leading the effort in Congress to improve public safety and promote police accountability. The CBC has worked to ensure the Department of Justice would make progress on implementation of key provisions in the president’s executive order by requesting regular status updates and holding meetings with President Biden, Vice President Harris, and the DOJ to discuss our public safety agenda and convey the concerns of numerous families and survivors impacted by police encounters – including from the family of George Floyd.

“In the days leading up to today’s announcement from the DOJ, Chairman Steven Horsford and members of the Congressional Black Caucus met personally with Attorney General Merrick Garland, Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta, and Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke to discuss the Department’s progress to date.

“The CBC applauds the DOJ’s commitment to implementation of the executive order – particularly on key provisions that the CBC has communicated to the Biden-Harris Administration will save lives in Black and brown communities. Those provisions include updating its use of force policies and requirements for body-worn cameras; prohibiting sale and purchase for military-style weapons; providing stronger guidance to states and localities on death in custody investigations; and banning chokeholds and minimizing the use of no-knock warrants.

“The CBC will continue our work to pass police reform in Congress and we look forward to working with the DOJ and the Biden-Harris Administration to build on this progress because we cannot rest until we root out bad policing in America.”

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