Basketball superstar LeBron James fully supports the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.
“It holds a lot of accountability. I think it will make our communities and make this great nation,” James said.
James’s comments came a day after the NBA’s social justice coalition made a similar push to pass the legislation, saying in a statement that lawmakers have an opportunity to “honor the memory of Mr. Floyd and others who have been victims of police brutality in this country.”
In their statement, the board members of the National Basketball Social Justice Coalition called on “elected representatives of both parties to work together to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act in the U.S. Senate now and present it to President [Joe] Biden for him to sign into law this year.”
The bill increases accountability for law enforcement misconduct, restricts the use of certain policing practices, enhances transparency and data collection, and establishes best practices and training requirements.
“Anytime you talk about change, it’s very key that you continue to have these conversations,” James said.
“He’s an angel looking over all of us,” James said. “Looking over all these Black kids in the Black community.”
In March, the bill passed the House with a 220-212 vote. No Republicans voted for the bill at the time.
President Joe Biden wanted to pass the legislation before the first anniversary of Floyd’s death this past week, but the bill is still being negotiated. The sticking point seems to be qualified immunity, which Democrats what to get rid of and Republicans want to keep intact.
Floyd’s family met with President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and other congressional leaders on Tuesday to discuss the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.