Demonstrators clash with police officers during a protest in Aurora, Colorado, on June 27. Photo: Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images
The Business Roundtable called on Congress in a statement Wednesday to pass a police reform bill before its August recess.
Why it matters: The announcement by Business Roundtable, made up of CEOs of America’s 193 largest companies, reflects the rising pressure on corporations — from values-centric employees, shareholders and customers — to take stands on controversial public issues they once would have avoided.
The big picture: The business group issued a list of recommendations as Republicans and Democrats compete over differing police reform bills.
- It recommends that Congress invest in community policing programs and creates a national police misconduct registry to catalog officer disciplinary records, which it believes will promote public accountability.
- It also backs establishing a minimum national standard on the use of lethal and non-lethal force, banning chokeholds and carotid holds — except when deadly force is warranted — and creating higher standards for the use of no-knock warrants.
What they’re saying: “Corporate America cannot sit this one out,” AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said in a statement. “CEOs are leaning forward and saying ‘We have a problem.’ You cannot watch the George Floyd video and say ‘we don’t have a problem.'”
- “There’s a national outcry for reform. With these policy recommendations as a starting point for possible bipartisan consensus, we call on all Members of Congress to act in urgency and get something done and signed into law before August.”
Published at Wed, 01 Jul 2020 04:28:00 +0000