Doyle Responds to Trump’s Police Reform Order

June 16, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC – June 16, 2020 – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-18) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s executive order, announced earlier today, calling for police departments to meet certain standards in an effort to address police brutality. His executive order bans the use of chokeholds, creates a national database of police officers who are accused of misconduct, and creates new programs that train police officers in mental illness, homelessness, and addiction.

“It’s time to rethink policing in this country. President Trumps’ executive order falls far short of bringing about the much-needed reforms and accountability we need to stop police brutality.

“Our system is broken, and it has to be fixed. We must move forward with the Justice In Policing Act to reform policing through banning racial profiling, restricting excessive use of force, and ending the militarization of our police departments.

“We need to enact significant reforms in order to end systemic racism in law enforcement. If President Trump and Republicans in Congress want to save lives, they must take another step forward by supporting the Justice in Policing Act.”

This executive order follows protests demanding action aimed at  the underlying issues of systemic racism and racial profiling in law enforcement.

It also comes more than a week after House Democrats introduced H.R. 7120, the Justice in Policing Act. Congressman Doyle is an original cosponsor of this comprehensive legislation which would reform police practices and hold police officers who perpetrate violence accountable. 

Click here to read the section-by-section summary of this legislation.

Click here to read the full text of the bill.