Sarbanes Delivers Floor Speech in Support of Historic Police Reform Effort [Video]

June 25, 2020
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the House floor today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) voiced his strong support for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (H.R. 7120), a bill to crack down on police brutality and create greater law enforcement accountability.

See below for the Congressman’s full remarks, along with a transcript.

“Mr. Speaker, for too long we have not had the courage as a nation to say Black Lives Matter.

“Well, now it’s a new day.

“Anguished and outraged by the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and so many others whose families have been left grieving, we are finally beginning to speak truth and take action.

“These killings have left us despondent and deeply angry that America cannot rid itself of the disease of racism and violence, and that police and prosecutors too often inflict pain on the very communities they are charged with serving.

“But we are also determined – determined not to let this moment pass without an uncompromising demand for justice on behalf of the victims’ families, and on behalf of a nation in search of its soul.

“For the sake of our future, we must overcome this legacy of violence and ensure that the civil and human rights of every person in our country are protected.

“I am proud to support the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020, and I yield back.”