The time has come to tackle police brutality and abuse of power. The Georgia Senate Democratic Caucus stands with protesters across the nation and is proud to release the Georgia Justice Act that includes the many reforms the caucus has advocated for in the past as well as new reforms to address other issues that have come to light recently.

  • Require all police to wear and actually use body cameras. So much police violence has flown under the radar because nobody was filming
  • Limit no knock warrants to specific circumstances when necessary to avoid violence to eliminate the kind of situation that led to the murder of Breonna Taylor
  • Limit police chases to situations involving kidnapping or imminent violence so that people, including other drivers on the road, aren’t put in danger over minor offenses
  • Provide PTSD training for police so they know how to deal with traumatized people and don’t cause additional trauma
  • Pass a strong hate crimes bill so crimes like the murder of Ahmaud Arbery are treated as the hate crimes they are
  • Prohibit racial profiling and require departments to record the details of every traffic stop
  • Repeal the stand your ground law that encourages people to shoot first and ask questions later
  • Require a special prosecutor in police prosecutions to eliminate the conflict of interest between a DA and the local police
  • Reduce marijuana penalties so that people don’t come into contact with police over a minuscule crime
  • Allow felons who have completed their sentences to vote and participate in democracy
  • Ban rubber bullets for law enforcement to stop the brutal injuries caused by these weapons
  • Require police to intervene when another officer is using excessive force so that police hold themselves accountable
  • Remove qualified immunity from officers so that victims of police violence can have their day in court
  • Ban chokeholds so that we don’t have another murder like that of George Floyd
  • End militarized police so that our cities don’t resemble war zones
  • Regulate law enforcement like any other regulated profession so that bad cops can’t just get rehired at the next department over
  • Require police to sign police reports under penalty of perjury because lying on police reports is unacceptable