Laws at federal, state, and local levels continue to create the conditions for the criminalization of our Black sisters, brothers, and non-binary siblings. Disproportionate sentencing, disparities in “random” police stops, and the stigma of a conviction record preventing employment opportunities are all intimately tied to the scourge of police brutality and our racist criminal justice system, as well, but go unaddressed in this bill.
The entire system – not just the way individual police departments operate – is designed to work against some of the most vulnerable people in our society. We urge the Senate to pass the Justice in Policing Act, and call on all elected officials at all levels of government to continue to make attaining justice for Black Americans a priority in the coming months.
OPEIU Local 2 is a labor union supporting over 8,000 professional workers in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia. We represent staff members across a number of sectors, including healthcare, non-profit, and more.