(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – President Donald Trump issued an executive order on policing and police reform today. The following is a statement from Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law:
“President Trump’s executive order is woefully anemic and fails to address critical issues such as racial profiling, qualified immunity for officers and the need for national standards concerning use-of-force. The order sugarcoats the grave national crisis of police violence and fails to acknowledge that racism and systemic discrimination have led to the deaths of unarmed Black people at alarming rates. The order bears the imprint of police unions as reflected by the absence of any procedures for promoting accountability. We urge Congress to move swiftly in adopting the Justice in Policing Act which provides a meaningful and comprehensive approach to the crisis that we face today.”
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, in written testimony submitted to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee today, identified strategies for promoting accountability, addressing racial bias and confronting the ways in which some police union contracts impede reform.
About the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination.