Washington - Business Roundtable President & CEO Joshua Bolten today issued the following statement:
“We applaud congressional leaders for introducing policing reform legislation. There are a number of thoughtful reforms at the federal level that would make policing more transparent, accountable and equitable toward all Americans, including in communities of color where far too many Black men and women have been tragically killed. We call on lawmakers to respond to the urgent demand for policing reform.
“To usher in meaningful change, America’s business leaders are committed to working with Congress and the Biden Administration on bipartisan policing reform. Last summer, Congress came close to moving significant reforms forward. We urge policymakers from both parties to commit to getting bipartisan legislation across the finish line this year.”
In July 2020, Business Roundtable released a set of recommendations to promote bipartisan consensus on policing reform around fundamental issues, including community engagement, data collection and transparency, accountability, minimum national policing standards and training. The recommendations, which were informed by conversations with the civil rights community, police groups, mayors and legal experts, focus on principles that are key to any successful enterprise – transparency, accountability, standards and training.