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JOINT STATEMENT ON HOUSE BILL

Leading industry organizations have voiced their support in a joint statement released on 6/17 for the House Judiciary Committee’s passage of HR 7120, the Justice in Policing Act of 2020 bill written to hold law enforcement accountable for misconduct in court, improve transparency and reform police training and policies. 

Organizations include the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), Artists Rights Alliance (ARA), Black Music Action Coalition (BMAC), Future of Music Coalition (FMC), Music Artists’ Coalition (MAC), Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Songwriters of North America (SONA).

The joint statement reads:

“We applaud the House Judiciary Committee for its passage of the Justice in Policing Act and appreciate the leadership of Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, CBC Chair Karen Bass, and the Congressional Black Caucus. Today’s vote is an encouraging first step toward overdue change in policing practices that have unfairly targeted and oppressed Black Americans, and we look forward to passage in the full House of Representatives next week. We urge all members of Congress and the Administration to work together to quickly enact meaningful reform to a deeply broken policing system. We must not allow this moment to pass without real, lasting change.”

The bill, sponsored by Bass, would also ban chokeholds and create a national registry to compile data on complaints and records of police misconduct. Notably, the Republican bill encourages law enforcement to curtail practices such as chokeholds with the threat of a loss of federal funds. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Leader Mitch McConnell have tentatively scheduled votes on their respective proposals late next week.

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