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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The following is a statement from Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law:

“Our nation is at a crossroads when it comes to the police violence crisis and growing numbers of African Americans killed without basis by police. This moment calls for strong medicine to root out the cancer that has spread across aspects of policing in our country. While the Justice Act includes some elements of reform related to data collection, retention, and reporting, and the Emmett Till Antilynching Act, it must go much further to meet our communities’ collective need for a fundamental change in policing practices and accountability. We need deep meaningful reform, which must end racial profiling; reduce the use of lethal force in policing, including banning chokeholds; end qualified immunity that shields officers from accountability; strengthen 18 U.S.C. 242 to facilitate federal prosecutions of officers; and create a robust national database of officers who violate the law and receive disciplinary complaints.”