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Democrats Unveil Police Reform Legislation, Take Knee to Remember George Floyd

HeadlineJun 09, 2020

On Capitol Hill, Democratic lawmakers from the House and Senate introduced their police reform legislation Monday. This is Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass.

Rep. Karen Bass: “The Justice in Policing Act establishes a bold, transformative vision of policing in America. Never again should the world be subjected to witnessing what we saw on the streets in Minneapolis: the slow murder of an individual by a uniformed police officer.”

The legislation would make prosecuting police abuses easier; create a national registry to track misconduct; ban the transfer of some military equipment to police departments; and ban chokeholds and other practices that have killed people. Before unveiling the bills, a group of prominent Democratic lawmakers, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Congressmember Jim Clyburn and Senator Cory Booker, took a symbolic knee on the floor of the Capitol’s Emancipation Hall for eight minutes and 46 seconds — the amount of time Derek Chauvin pinned George Floyd to the ground by his neck while Floyd gasped for air, slowly dying.

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