WASHINGTON— Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) released the following statement after becoming an original cosponsor of the JUSTICE Act, which was introduced in the House of Representatives today.
“Defunding the police and creating anarchy is not a serious answer to the problems our country is facing,” Mullin said. “This bill delivers real solutions to invest in better training, improve transparency and create more accountability so police departments can better serve their communities. I am proud to support the JUSTICE Act and I hope my colleagues across the aisle will put politics aside to make these meaningful reforms.”
The JUSTICE Act is the House version of the bill introduced in the U.S. Senate by U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC). White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said during a press briefing President Trump is “fully in support of the Scott bill.”
Highlights of the bill include:
- Improves law enforcement transparency through additional reporting including annual reporting on the use of force and reporting on no-knock warrants.
- Ensures law enforcement agencies and officers are held accountable by developing accessible disciplinary records systems.
- Provides $500 million for state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to equip all officers with body cameras, improve the use of body cameras, and store and retain footage.
- Bans the use of chokeholds except for in situations where deadly force is authorized.
- Improves officer training by directing the Attorney General to develop training curricula related to the duty to intervene and de-escalation and appropriates funds to pay for costs associated with new training requirements.
- Includes the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act, making lynching a federal crime.
- Creates a bipartisan commission on the social status of Black men and boys to issue a report to Congress on conditions affecting Black men and boys, including education, health care, financial status and the criminal justice system.