Pelosi Statement on Trump Executive Order on Policing

June 16, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on the President’s Executive Order on policing, which takes a discretionary, nonmandatory approach to addressing policing practices and fails to contain basic steps such as a ban on racial profiling and legal barriers that prevent accountability for police misconduct:

“The President’s weak Executive Order falls sadly and seriously short of what is required to combat the epidemic of racial injustice and police brutality that is murdering hundreds of Black Americans.  The Executive Order lacks meaningful, mandatory accountability measures to end misconduct.  During this moment of national anguish, we must insist on bold change, not meekly surrender to the bare minimum.

“Led by the Congressional Black Caucus, Democrats are advancing the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act: bold, unprecedented reforms to curb police brutality, end racial profiling and end the court-created doctrine of qualified immunity for law enforcement to hold police accountable.  This legislation will transform the culture of policing to address systemic racism by holding police accountable and increasing transparency.

“Democrats urge Congressional Republicans and the White House to join us to support real change.  The American people are watching, and they expect us to find common ground to save lives.”