Read a PDF of our statement here.
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass H.J. Res. 42, a resolution of disapproval aiming to strike down Washington D.C.’s Comprehensive Policing and Justice Reform Amendment Act of 2022 (CPJRAA), a police accountability and transparency measure supported by the residents of the District and passed by the D.C. City Council.
In response to this development, the Legal Defense Fund’s (LDF’s) President and Director-Counsel, Janai S. Nelson issued the following statement:
“The House has once again moved to overrule Washington D.C. residents, advocates, and local legislators, continuing the disturbing and anti-democratic trend of legislatures undermining the political will of an electorate comprised predominately of Black voters. Overriding this bill means objecting to common-sense police accountability and transparency legislation, some of which has…