Biden’s executive order on policing brings greater accountability

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 25, 2022
Contact: Dena L. Craig, [email protected]

Biden’s executive order on policing brings greater accountability

WASHINGTON- Maya Wiley, President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on President Biden’s executive order to promote effective and accountable policing and strengthen public safety:

“Two years ago, George Floyd was brutally murdered by the police. We saw the video, we walked, and we committed to a simple truth: the murder of George Floyd must not be in vain. President Biden’s executive order today is an important step in the fight for police accountability and reform. By establishing a database of excessive force, taking action to stop white supremacists from enforcing federal law, and beginning to move toward the reforms contained in the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, the executive order sends a message that the police must be fairer and more accountable. It also sends a clear message that for too long policing in this country has been broken. We thank President Biden for taking this step in the name of justice, fairness and accountability.

“While this action is welcome, we know that the movement to fight to transform the police continues so that people of color no longer fear police violence and misconduct. Thanks to the efforts of families of victims of police brutality, public protests and demands for reform, and the work of the civil rights community, the president has taken executive action. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act remains vital legislation, and just as President Biden recognized the need to continue to reform the police, so too must Congress and state houses across the country. We continue to fight for its reforms.

“Now Congress must complete the work it began on behalf of George Floyd. Policymakers at all levels must use this executive order as a foundation on which to build further – to push for meaningful and comprehensive change that holds people together. law enforcement responsible for wrongdoing, transforms our public safety system, and reduces the footprint of the criminal justice system in Black and Brown lives.

“We will use this executive order to transform policing so that public safety includes safety from all forms of violence, including police violence in Black communities and in all communities of color. We can’t fix what we don’t face, and we must always admit that George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and the countless other victims of police brutality deserve life and dignity, and that their preventable deaths must have meaning. Communities of color, too long deprived of real resources and meaningful investments, deserve better public safety strategies and accountable policing. We will ensure that the implementation of this decree has the intended effects and that it becomes the beginning of more important reforms, and not the end.

“Today’s executive order is an acknowledgment of that responsibility, and we welcome it and commit to the work ahead.”

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, and Civil Rights Corps previously launched Vision for Justice, which aims to reinvent public safety and provide a better, more compassionate alternative to the current criminal justice system. Learn more about Vision for Justice here.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 230 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all people in the United States. The Leadership Conference works for an America that lives up to its ideals. For more information about the Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.

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