House Passes Davids-Backed Police Reform Legislation

June 25, 2020
Press Release

Today, Representative Sharice Davids voted to pass the Justice in Policing Act, legislation that would help increase accountability in policing, protect public safety, and build trust between law enforcement and communities.

“Kansans and people across the country are raising their voices and demanding action to address racial injustice and brutality. The Justice in Policing Act would enact comprehensive reforms to law enforcement that would improve police training and practices, while increasing much-needed transparency and accountability. While no single policy will undo centuries of systemic racism, and while we have much more work to do to protect the health and safety of our communities, this is strong a step in the right direction,” said Davids.

Among other measures, the Justice in Policing Act:

  • improves police training and practices, including by requiring body and dashboard cameras, banning chokeholds, ending the use of no-knock warrants in drug cases and enacting steps to end racial profiling.
  • increases transparency into policing by collecting better and more accurate data of police misconduct and use-of-force through creating a National Police Misconduct Registry;
  • and removes barriers to prosecuting police misconduct and recovering damages from officers who have violated civilians’ rights, including by ending qualified immunity by law enforcement.

"Communities do need police, but law enforcement needs to be much more transparent and held accountable for their actions. We also need increased resources for mental health services, affordable housing, education, jobs training, and much more to truly address social and economic issues in our communities." said Davids.