Democrats kneel in U.S. Congress in George Floyd tribute

by Jordyn Pair · Jun 8th, 2020 3:38 pm

Democratic lawmakers knelt in a silent tribute to George Floyd in the U.S. Congress on Monday shortly before revealing a package of police reforms.

Roughly two dozen lawmakers joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in the Emancipation Hall to kneel for eight minutes and 46 seconds — the length of time arresting officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck, resulting in his death.

The lawmakers then revealed the Justice and Policing Act, which would make it easier to prosecute officers for abuse, as well as retool how they are trained and recruited. The legislation would also ban the use of choke holds and mandate dashboard cameras and body cameras for federal officers. It was introduced in both chambers of Congress.

"This movement of national anguish is being transformed into a movement of national action," Pelosi said.

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