(Tucson, AZ) – Today, Rep. Kirkpatrick released the following statement to address the death of Carlos Ingram Lopez in Tucson Police Department custody and emphasizes the importance of passing The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, transformative police reform legislation, on the House Floor today.
“My heart breaks for the family and friends of Carlos Ingram Lopez. Losing a loved one brings an immeasurable amount of pain, and no words can describe the grief and outrage around this loss. I know our Tucson community will open our hearts to the family of Mr. Ingram-Lopez and honor his life and memory through positive and transformative change,” said Rep. Kirkpatrick.
“The unfolding story around Mr. Ingram-Lopez’s death reaffirms the fact that we need more accountability and oversight in our police departments. In Tucson, and all over the country, we must do better. Yesterday, Mayor Romero and Chief Magnus laid out new policies that will improve accountability and transparency for our local department. I know that Mayor Romero and the Tucson City Council will open these discussions to the public and take swift action to deliver on our community’s input and vision.
“As your Congresswoman, I am committed to supporting legislation that transforms the culture of policing on a national level. I believe that we need to change the standards of evaluating what is a crime scene, what is a mental health call, and who is appropriately designated to respond. We need to eliminate qualified immunity and successfully prosecute police misconduct cases. We need those in power to hear the public’s call and to serve and protect them fairly, every single day, not just when the cameras are rolling.
“Today I will be voting to pass The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. While this legislation would not have prevented the death of Mr. Ingram-Lopez, this bill does address some of the glaring issues with police ‘norms’ in America, and action on this is urgent” said Rep. Kirkpatrick “Let me be clear, this is one legislative action in a series of necessary actions we must take in Congress.
Specifically, the bill I am voting to pass today includes measures that:
- Bans chokeholds;
- Stops no-knock warrants;
- Ends the qualified immunity doctrine that is a barrier to holding police officers accountable for wrongful conduct;
- Combats racial profiling;
- Mandates data collection, including body cameras and dashboard cameras; and
- Establishes new standards for policing.
“I will continue to engage with my constituents and families throughout Arizona to ensure that we take additional steps necessary to end police brutality and safeguard the civil rights of all Americans. As we continue to advance this critical work, I will continue to insist on the truth that Black Lives Matter, and that no American — or person residing in the U.S.,– should live in fear of those who are supposed to protect and serve them.”