200 CEOs from companies like Apple, Amazon, and Walmart just gave Congress their plan for reforming police — and they want it done by August
In an open letter Wednesday, the Business Roundtable, an association of CEOs from many of America's largest companies, called on President Donald Trump and Congress to enact significant police reform before Congress's recess in August. The recent statement outlines specific actions for Congress to take. It is a followup to the group's mid-June statement calling on Congress for reform. Members of the roundtable include the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, AT&T, BlackRock, IBM, JPMorgan Chase, and Walmart. Business Roundtable President and CEO Joshua Bolten said excessive police use of lethal force was an "urgent challenge" that the government needs to address. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
The Business Roundtable, an association of CEOs from many of America's largest companies, is doubling down on its call for police reform in America. In a Wednesday statement, the organization once again called on President Donald Trump and Congress to enact significant police reform before Congress takes its break in August. The group's new letter is a followup to a previous note it published on June 17 and includes specific actions for Congress to take. Members of the Business Roundtable include Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, and Walmart CEO Doug McMillon. The specific steps in the Wednesday letter included a call for more investment in de-escalation training and techniques, more police accountability for use of excessive force, and to raise the standards of no-knock techniques (the technique used in the killing of Breonna Taylor). You can read the full action plan here. Joshua Bolten, the Business Roundtable's president and CEO, said that Congress "can't afford to let this moment pass," adding that significant police reform was needed to help address longstanding systemic racial inequity and violence. "There is room for bipartisan agreement on many critical issues of policing reform, but the issues will be resolved only in negotiations between the House and Senate," he added. AT&T Executive Chairman Randall Stephenson, who leads the Roundtable's Racial Equity and Justice Subcommittee on Equitable Justice, said: "Corporate America cannot sit this one out. CEOs are leaning forward and saying 'we have a problem.' You cannot watch the George Floyd video and say 'we don't have a problem.'" Other groups like the NAACP, the ACLU, and leaders from the labor union AFL-CIO have called for police reform in recent weeks. SEE ALSO: 13 eye-opening essays and articles from Black writers to read to understand America's problems with race Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: A Georgetown professor explains how Martin Luther King Jr. 'has been severely whitewashed'
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