Doyle Calls for Legislation to End Police Brutality

June 4, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-18) released the following statement regarding his support for legislation which would reform police departments and work to end police brutality and structural racism.

“I was outraged by George Floyd’s murder. I joined millions of Americans last week in calling for justice.

“We have a lot of work ahead to end police brutality and eliminate structural racism. This work starts with enacting legislation that reforms police departments – and it continues far beyond those bills. Our work to listen, learn, amplify, and call for change does not end.

“That’s why I’m pushing to pass legislation which would condemn police brutality, prohibit police officers from using deadly chokeholds and other dangerous tactics, require police officers to undergo training in de-escalation tactics and use them, prohibit racial profiling, and stop police departments from using military equipment. We need to stop preparing our police for war on our streets – and start training them to keep peace in our communities.

“That’s why I’m committed to supporting additional legislation to end structural racism – and that’s why I’m continuing this work every day.”   

Congressman Doyle has cosponsored H.R. 4408, the Eric Garner Excessive Use of Force Prevention Act, which would prohibit police from using choke-holds or other techniques that can result in asphyxiation.

He is also a cosponsor of H.R. 2927, the Preventing Tragedies Between Police and Communities Act. This bill would mandate that, in order to receive federal funding, state and local law enforcement agencies would have to train their officers in de-escalation tactics and require them to use non-lethal de-escalation tactics whenever possible. 

Congressman Doyle has cosponsored H.R. 1714, the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act, which would restrict the sale to law enforcement agencies of surplus U.S. military-grade weapons, including armored or armed vehicles and drones. The federal government has been selling military equipment to law enforcement agencies for years, and it has contributed to what Congressman Doyle believes is the counterproductive militarization of our civilian police forces.

He has also cosponsored  H.R. 4339, the End Racial Profiling Act. This legislation would prohibit racial profiling by federal law enforcement agencies and condition federal funding to state and local law enforcement agencies on the elimination of racial profiling and the implementation of policies to prevent racial profiling.

Finally, Congressman Doyle is a cosponsor of H.Res. 988, a resolution condemning all acts of police brutality, racial profiling, and the use of excessive force. It also calls for the adoption of unbiased law enforcement policies at all levels of government, promoting accountability for individual law enforcement officers and police departments, and the end of militarized policing.