Upton cosponsors JUSTICE Act
Bicameral legislation aims to provide long-term solutions on police reform, accountability, and transparency
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today announced he was an original cosponsor of the Just and Unifying Solutions to Invigorate Communities Everywhere (JUSTICE) Act, bicameral legislation that aims to provide long-term, bold solutions on police reform, accountability, and transparency. The legislation was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) and in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Pete Stauber (R-MN).
“It’s past time for action, and the JUSTICE Act represents the most bold, meaningful reforms in law enforcement that we’ve seen in our lifetimes,” Upon said. “The three pillars of this legislation – increasing training, accountability, and transparency – are necessary as we aim to rebuild trust between law enforcement and communities of color. In my discussions with community leaders and law enforcement and at the peaceful protests I’ve marched in, folks are demanding action. So, if we want to make a law – and not just a point – Senator Scott’s and Rep. Stauber’s JUSTICE Act represents a serious proposal to end racial injustice in law enforcement and build a safer nation for all Americans.”
The JUSTICE Act, among other reforms, ends the use of chokeholds, increases the use of body cameras, and provides additional resources for law enforcement to improve officer training and tactics, especially regarding de-escalation of force.
A summary is below, and you can click here for the bill text.
Law Enforcement Reform