Comparing Police Reform Bills: The Justice in Policing Act and the JUSTICE Act [June 19, 2020] [open pdf - 728KB]
From the Document: "On May 25, 2020, George Floyd died in the custody of the Minneapolis police after an officer pressed his knee into Floyd's neck while restraining him. That incident, others like it, and subsequent nationwide protests have sparked heightened interest in the federal government's ability to prevent and remedy police misconduct, especially the use of excessive force against people of color. The events of May and June 2020 have prompted action by the Executive Branch and legislative proposals in both houses of Congress. On June 16, 2020, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order on Safe Policing for Safe Communities. On June 8, 2020, Members of the House of Representatives, led by the Congressional Black Caucus, introduced the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 (Justice in Policing Act), and on June 17, 2020, Senate Republicans unveiled the Just and Unifying Solutions To Invigorate Communities Everywhere Act of 2020 (JUSTICE Act). A previous Legal Sidebar briefly summarized the Executive Order and both bills, along with other recent reform proposals. This Legal Sidebar provides a comparison of the Justice in Policing Act and the JUSTICE Act. While this Sidebar does not purport to detail every provision of the two bills exhaustively, it analyzes key similarities and differences that are most relevant when evaluating the two proposals. The Sidebar first outlines subject matters that both bills cover, detailing similarities and differences between each bill on those subjects. It concludes by discussing provisions unique to each bill."
CRS Legal Sidebar, LSB10498
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/