Police Reform in the Aftermath of George Floyd’s Death


Robert B. Smith (Editor)

Series: Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement and Corrections
BISAC: LAW000000

The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN, while he was in the custody of law enforcement, combined with several other recent high-profile deaths of African Americans at the hands of the police, have generated congressional interest in legislation to reform state and local policing practices, and to require law enforcement agencies to collect more data on law enforcement actions and activities and share these data with the public.

Two major pieces of legislation that contain police reform proposals are before Congress: H.R. 7120, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020—passed by the House on June 25, 2020—and S. 3985, the Just and Unifying Solutions to Invigorate Communities Everywhere (JUSTICE) Act. This book discusses the current issues associated with police reform.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020
Committee on the Judiciary

Chapter 2. Comparing Police Reform Bills: The Justice in Policing Act and the JUSTICE Act
Joanna R. Lampe

Chapter 3. Congress and Police Reform: Current Law and Recent Proposals
Joanna R. Lampe

Chapter 4. Congress and Law Enforcement Reform: Constitutional Authority
Whitney K. Novak

Chapter 5. Policing Reform Legislation: Conditions on Funding and New Authorizations
Nathan James

Chapter 6. Policing the Police: Qualified Immunity and Considerations for Congress
Whitney K. Novak

Chapter 7. Police Accountability Measures
Nathan James

Chapter 8. Programs to Collect Data on Law Enforcement Activities: Overview and Issues
Nathan James and Kristin Finklea

Chapter 9. Federal Police Oversight: Criminal Civil Rights Violations Under 18 U.S.C. § 242
Joanna R. Lampe

Chapter 10. Regulating Federal Law Enforcement: Considerations for Congress
Whitney K. Novak

Chapter 11. What Role Might the Federal Government Play in Law Enforcement Reform?
Nathan James and Ben Harrington

Chapter 12. Overview of Recent Anti-Lynching Proposals
Peter G. Berris

Chapter 13. Proposals for Systems of Records on “Wandering Officers”
Nathan James and Kristin Finklea

Chapter 14. Reforming Patterns of Unconstitutional Policing: Enforcement of 34 U.S.C. § 12601
April J. Anderson


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