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Chairman Nadler and Congresswoman Jackson Lee Issue Statements Ahead of Ceremony at White House Celebrating New Policing Executive Order

Washington, D.C. - Today, House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee -- Chair of the Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security Subcommittee – issued statements in advance of a ceremony at the White House to celebrate the signing of a new and long-overdue policing Executive Order.

The Executive Order comes on the second anniversary of the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. The Order will direct federal law enforcement agencies to revise their use-of-force policies and restrict the use of life-threatening tactics like no-knock warrants and chokeholds. The Order will also create a national registry for officers fired for abuse or misconduct and moderate the dispersion of military equipment to police.

“This is a much-needed and well-thought-through move by President Biden,” said Chairman Nadler. “Almost two years ago, the Judiciary Committee passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act which included many of the provisions that are listed in this Executive Order. Unlike our Republican colleagues in the Senate, President Biden has made it clear he will not allow the momentum of police reform to fizzle out. This Order is an exceptional step in the right direction, and while there is more work to be done, I am thrilled to have an ally like President Biden in this fight.”

“After more than a decade of serving as a member of the House Judiciary Committee and working to reform policing in America, I am grateful for the collaboration of all the stakeholders from civil rights advocates and groups to families who lost loved ones, and representatives of law enforcement agencies and officers, who have come together to bring about the creation of the President’s Executive Order,” said Congresswoman Jackson Lee. “I am reminded of the Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act and End Racial Profiling Act, anti-bias legislation, laying the groundwork for passing that bill into law, and the legislation of many other members of Congress that are included in the Order. Today’s anniversary serves as a painful reminder of why the President’s action today is necessary. This is the right step at the right time.”

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