Urge Congress to Address Police Violence
At UNICEF USA, we recognize that police violence against Black people and other people of color, and the systemic racism and discrimination that underlie that violence, pose a severe risk to children. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children exposed to discrimination can develop stress that affects their physical, mental, and behavioral health throughout their lives. Losing family members to police violence only intensifies that stress and its impacts.
With yet another police involved shooting of Jacob Blake in front of his children and the deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Rayshard Brooks at the hands of law enforcement, it is past time to take a comprehensive approach to police reform and use of force policies. According to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, fatal police violence is the 6th leading cause of death for men ages 25 to 29 across all racial groups.
Introduced on June 8, 2020, the Justice in Policing Act (H.R. 7120 / S. 3912) would finally allow for meaningful accountability in cases of police misconduct, and begin the process of reimagining policing in the 21st Century. This legislation makes it easier for the federal government to successfully prosecute police misconduct cases, bans chokeholds, ends racial and religious profiling, encourages prosecutions independent from local police, and improves police practices and training to prevent these injustices from happening in the first place.
Congress must act immediately to address police violence, as one step towards reimagining communities that are safe, just, and inclusive for every child.
We applaud the House of Representative for taking swift action and passing the Justice in Policing Act (H.R. 7120) in June. Now, we need the Senate to advance this critical piece of legislation. Join us in asking your Senators to pass the Justice in Policing Act (S. 3912) today!