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Hundreds Of Actors And Recording Artists Urge Passage Of Justice In Policing Act; SAG-AFTRA, MPA And RIAA Join Call To Action In Wake Of George Floyd Killing

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In the wake of George Floyd's killing by Minneapolis police, more than 700 actors, recording artists and entertainment and music industry organizations and their supporters have signed a letter urging swift passage of the Justice in Policing Act. The bill pending in the House of Representatives would ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants, limit military-style equipment […]
In the wake of George Floyd's killing by Minneapolis police, more than 700 actors, recording artists and entertainment and music industry organizations and their supporters have signed a letter urging swift passage of the Justice in Policing Act. The bill pending in the House of Representatives would ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants, limit military-style equipment on American streets and make lynching a federal crime.

The legislation would also make it easier to prosecute police misconduct and enable individuals to recover damages in civil court by eliminating qualified immunity for law enforcement officers who use excessive force. See the letter and its full list of signatories and supporters below.

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Signers of the letter, which has been sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, include SAG-AFTRA, the Motion Picture Association, the Recording Industry Association of America, the Songwriters Guild of America and the Association of Independent Music Publishers, as well as most of the major record labels.

Actors who signed include Robert De Niro, SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris, Kiefer Sutherland, Michelle Williams, Sterling K. Brown, Alyssa Milano, Jobeth Williams, John C. Riley, Mike Farrell, Scott Bakula, Sean Astin and Zooey Deschanel.

Recording artists who signed include Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Demi Lovato, Lizzo, Justin Bieber, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Eddie Vedder, the Jonas Brothers, Richie Sambora, Journey, Blondie, Robin Thicke, Paula Abdul, Rosanne Cash and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Record labels that signed include Motown Records, the Sony Music Group, Warner Records, RCA Records, Columbia Records, the Elektra Music Group, and Epic Records. Other notable signers include Elon Musk and Irving Azoff.

"Since the killing of George Floyd just one…
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