WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) released the following statement today on President Trump’s Executive Order on policing and law enforcement:

“The President’s Executive Order takes a weak approach to addressing policing and fails to contain even the most basic measures to effectively reform and set new law enforcement standards. The Executive Order lacks any meaningful, mandated steps to enhance accountability for police misconduct amidst this epidemic of racial injustice and police brutality that disproportionately impacts Black Americans across the country.

“I am proud to join my colleagues on the Congressional Black Caucus who introduced the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act which takes bold steps to address police brutality, to end racial profiling, to ban police chokeholds and no-knock warrants, and to hold police accountable by ending qualified immunity for law enforcement. This legislation will fundamentally change policing and substantively address systemic racism – there must be accountability and transparency.

"While our nation is still suffering from the enduring impacts of systemic racism, we must take courageous steps to help our communities heal and make unprecedented changes that ensure each and every person is protected."