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.