Congressman Kim Convenes Local Mayors, Law Enforcement for Discussion on Policing Reforms

July 9, 2020
Press Release


Congressman Kim Convenes Local Mayors, Law Enforcement for Discussion on Policing Reforms

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) was joined by local mayors and law enforcement leaders for a discussion on policing reform in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, and a number of other deaths within communities of color by law enforcement personnel. 

“Real change can’t just come from the Capitol, it needs to come from our communities,” said Congressman Kim. “It’s going to take mayors and councilmembers, law enforcement and local activists coming together. Each one has an important seat at the table as we work as a country to deliver reforms that will make our communities safer and more equal. I want to thank everyone who joined in today and look forward to continuing this conversation and strengthening our commitment to real change.”

Congressman Kim was joined by local leaders including Mayor Barry Conaway of Burlington City, Mayor Randy Miller of Beverly City, Mayor Sandy Henley of Westampton, and Councilmember Samantha Whitfield of Willingboro. He was also joined by law enforcement leaders including Jiles Ship, President of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); Kareem Pritchett, Mount Laurel Councilman and former Executive Vice President of PBA 105; Kinamo Lomon, Director of Public Safety for Willingboro Township; and Patrolman Bryan Wright, Moorestown Police Department.

Specific issues discussed on the call include: the importance of bringing policing closer to our communities, the importance of strengthening positive culture within police departments, ways to improve training and screening of law enforcement officers, and the need for additional funding for social services and mental health care.

“We know what the problems are,” said Jiles Ship. “What we need is the courage and commitment to solve these problems.”

Over the path month, Congressman Kim joined peaceful demonstrations calling for justice for George Floyd, held a telephone town hall on issues impacting the Black community, a virtual forum on discrimination and bias, and met with Black community and youth leaders to hear their concerns and discuss solutions on police reform and other critical issues.

In addition, Congressman Kim co-sponsored and voted to pass the Justice in Policing Act, bill that would make critical reforms to America’s law enforcement system.

Congressman Kim is a member of the bipartisan House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis, where he serves as one of twelve members of the House tasked with conducting oversight over programs aimed at ending the Coronavirus pandemic and helping address the economic impact it’s having on the American people. Congressman Kim is also a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Small Business. More information about Congressman Kim can be found on his website by clicking here