Congressman Cohen Attending Wednesday Hearing on Policing Practices and Law Enforcement Accountability

June 9, 2020
Press Release
Returns to Washington to Conduct Judiciary Committee Oversight

Returns to Washington to Conduct Judiciary Committee Oversight

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, will return to Washington to participate in Wednesday’s Judiciary oversight hearing on Policing Practices and Law Enforcement Accountability.

On Monday, the Justice in Policing Act, which Congressman Cohen cosponsored, was introduced. The measure incorporates his National Statistics on Deadly Force Transparency Act (H.R. 119), Police CAMERA Act (H.R. 120), and Police Training and Independent Review Act (H.R. 125). Congressman Cohen has championed these bills for several years.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“I feel it is important to be present in Washington to question witnesses and get a deeper sense of how to address issues of police accountability after weeks of protest nationwide, as I have been a leader on these issues throughout my career. I chair a Judiciary Subcommittee reviewing these matters and it’s clear the time is now for enacting reforms. I commend Chairman Nadler and Crime Subcommittee Chairwoman Bass for holding this timely and important oversight hearing.”

Witnesses at the hearing will be:

For the Majority:

  • Art Acevedo, Chief of the Houston Police Department and President, Major City Chiefs Association;
  • Paul Butler, Albert Brick Professor in Law, Georgetown University Law Center;
  • Benjamin Crump, Attorney for the Family of George Floyd;
  • Ron Davis, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives;
  • Philonise Floyd, Brother of George Floyd;
  • Phillip Goff, Franklin A. Thomas Professor of Policing Equality, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and President, Center for Policing Equity;
  • Vanita Gupta, President and Chief Executive Officer, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights;
  • Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; and
  • Marc Morial, President, National Urban League.

The witnesses invited at the request of the Minority are:

  • Daniel Bongino, Political Commentator and Former Secret Service Agent;
  • Darrell Scott, Pastor and Co-Founder, New Spirit Revival Center; and
  • Angela Underwood Jacobs, Sister of Federal Protective Officer David Underwood.

The hearing, which will convene at 10 a.m. Eastern – 9 a.m. Central, will be livestreamed at