A number artists and industry professionals have signed an open letter supporting the Justice in Policing Act of 2020 in the U.S. House of Representatives, including Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Rihanna, Demi Lovato, and others.
The letter, addressed to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, states: “Since the killing of George Floyd just one month ago, our country has seen protests grow, attitudes shift, and calls for change intensify. We in the music and entertainment communities believe that Black lives matter and have long decried the injustices endured by generations of Black citizens. We are more determined than ever to push for federal, state and local law enforcement programs that truly serve their communities. Accordingly, we are grateful for movement of the Justice in Policing Act of 2020 in the U.S. House of Representatives and urge its quick passage.”
Moreover, the letter emphasizes that “this legislation will not only promote justice; it will establish a culture of responsibility, fairness, and respect deserving of the badge.” The Justice in Policing Act aims to “ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants, to establish a national police misconduct registry, to collect data and improve investigations into police misconduct, to promote de-escalation practices, to establish comprehensive training programs, and to update and enhance standards and practices.”
Over 450 artists and 300 organizations and industry professionals signed the letter, including companies such as Spotify and musicians 070 Shake, Animal Collective, Adrianne Lenker, Blake Mills, Death Cab for Cutie, Demi Lovato, Eddie Vedder, Grimes, El-p, Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber, Leon Bridges, Mark Ronson, Post Malone, Princess Nokia, Sharon Van Etten, Shawn Mendes, Lizzo, and many more.
Read the full letter here.