Criminal Justice & Racial Equity

The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery in 2020 brought worldwide attention to America’s problems with systemic racism and police brutality. These issues are not new. In fact, they’ve plagued our nation since before we even were a nation. It’s time to take real action and pass comprehensive legislation that addresses the wrongs of the past and ensure equal justice under the law for everyone.

Justice in Policing Act

Chuck Schumer supports the Justice in Policing Act, a comprehensive bill that would prevent police misconduct and create greater accountability within law enforcement agencies that receive federal funding:

  • Bans officers from using chokeholds
  • Prohibits no-knock warrants
  • Limits the transfer of military equipment to police departments
  • Establishes a federal registry of police misconduct complaints
  • Requires the use of body and dashboard cameras
  • Requires anti-discrimination policies and trainings for law enforcement agencies
  • Restricts qualified immunity for state and local officers

Marijuana Legalization

America’s war on drugs was a failure, and it disproportionately hurt communities of color. It’s time to finally end the federal prohibition of marijuana.

Chuck Schumer introduced the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act, which would remove marijuana from the federal government’s list of controlled substances. It would also encourage states to expunge the criminal records of people with marijuana possession convictions. And as the cannabis industry grows, the bill would prioritize support for small businesses in communities of color that were disproportionately targeted by the War on Drugs.

Stop Asian Hate

Throughout 2020, Donald Trump spewed vitriol and misinformation about Asian people, like referring to COVID-19 as the “Chinese Virus.” This led to an alarming increase in hate and violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and it needs to stop. Chuck Schumer helped pass the bipartisan COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, sponsored by Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), to give the Justice Department and local communities the ability to more quickly review COVID-19 hate crimes, create resources in multiple languages, report incidents and educate communities on ways to talk about COVID-19 that are not racially charged.