Statement by Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen on passage of Criminal Justice Reforms

Iowa Senate News Release
June 11, 2020

“The death of George Floyd, a black man killed by police in Minneapolis, has sparked protests and conversations about racial injustice in our nation.

“Iowans are coming together as we’ve never seen before to say ‘enough is enough.’

“Senate Democrats support these first steps because they will advance equality and justice in our state.

“We know there is much more work to be done here in Iowa. Senate Democrats pledge to continue working to end racial profiling, enact  criminal justice reforms, and expand voting rights.

“We also need to address racial disparities in health care, income and educational inequality, and much more.

“Iowans are calling for social and racial justice. Senate Democrats are ready to make that a reality, and we are so happy to make a first step today in a bipartisan manner.”


Summary of Senate File 2416, which passed the Iowa Senate June 11, 2020.

  • DIVISION I – Attorney General authority to investigate when officer causes a death
  • DIVISION II – Prohibition on use of chokeholds by officers – adds prohibition and definition
  • DIVISION III – Officers from other states, including reserve officers, applying for jobs in Iowa and Iowa applicants, revocation or suspension
  • DIVISION IV – Requiring de-escalation and prevention of bias training