Our communities should be safe for everyone, regardless of their skin color. In light of recent protests and police brutality, it is obvious that racial injustice in the U.S. is a systemic problem that requires systemic solutions. Now, more than ever, we need to engage in a dialogue on tough topics to overcome these issues.
While officer safety is paramount, we also need to ensure that our men and women in blue are held accountable for their actions on the job. Tim is an original cosponsor on the comprehensive House police reform bill, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which passed the House in June 2020. This legislation increases accountability and transparency for law enforcement conduct, increases data collection on officers, and works to eliminate discriminatory policing practices. These structural solutions strive to create better relationships between officers and their communities.
Tim believes our society is hurting because we don’t fund our schools, our drug treatment and mental health clinics, our arts and community programs, our support systems, and our job training programs. America needs to invest in our communities and our working people in order to address the persistent reality of racism and our broken criminal justice system.
In the first week of Donald Trump’s presidency, Tim wrote to the President urging him not to eliminate funding for Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). Law enforcement agencies rely on COPS grants to hire entry-level officers, pursue drug traffickers, and develop innovative strategies for crime prevention. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act continues this legacy, utilizing the COPS program to provide civilian review boards, prevent no-knock warrants, and help communities hire law enforcement officers that are residents where they serve.
Tim has also been a leader in Congress on criminal justice reform. That’s why he cosponsored the Smarter Sentencing Act, a bipartisan bill that reforms drug penalties by removing long, mandatory minimum sentences. There is no reason we should have five percent of the world’s population but 25 percent of its prisoners, many of them nonviolent, low-level drug offenders.
TAKING ACTION ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
- Tim is an original cosponsor on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020, a comprehensive police reform bill that addresses a wide range of policies and issues regarding policing practices and law enforcement accountability. This bill passed the House in June.
- Tim supported the Police CAMERA Act which would help law enforcement secure the resources to provide every officer with a body camera.
- Tim encouraged President Trump to keep funding for much needed officer training programs.
- Tim cosponsored the Smarter Sentencing Act which would remove mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent, low-level drug offenses.