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Petition for George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020

A message from White Coats for Black Lives

The House Officer Association website and newsletter are some of the few reliable ways to reach all house officers. With that in mind, we occasionally make our platform available to groups of house officers or medical students.

Please see this message from the White Coats for Black Lives chapter at Michigan:

Petition for George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020: 

The WC4BL chapter at Michigan is supporting a member's initiative to begin a petition to support the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 that passed in the House in June, but has yet to be brought to the Senate floor for voting. This bill has also been publicly supported by the American Public Health Association (attached), and has provisions for the following:

  • change the use of force standard from reasonableness to only when necessary to prevent death or serious bodily injury and require officers to use de-escalation techniques
  • limit the transfer of military-grade equipment to police departments
  • mandate training on racial profiling and racial bias and create new standards for allowable use of force
  • makes it a federal crime to violate hate crimes laws.

As physicians and future physicians, patient advocacy begins both in and outside the hospital, and our voice matters more than we think. There are many ways to continue taking action in the fight for equity for Black lives and other underrepresented minorities, as substantial and sustainable change has not yet occurred at a national level. But, there is strength in numbers, as evidenced by the protests the past few months and the small, but significant strides made at local and state levels.

We encourage anyone interested, to please sign this petition to encourage the Senate to hear and vote on the bill. It will be sent to Congress Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. 

If you have any questions about this initiative, please direct to Adaure Nwaba (nwabaaa@med.umich.edu). Thank you in advance for your support.