Congressional Black Caucus on the One Year Commemoration of the Murder of George Floyd
Tuesday, May 25, 2021, marks one year since the horrific murder of George Floyd by former police officer Derek Chauvin. Chauvin was found guilty of all three charges brought against him on April 20, 2021. Mr. Floyd’s murder was filmed on a camera phone and shared all over the world. Individuals nationwide organized to march, protest, and kneel in honor of George Floyd.
The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), led by Chair Joyce Beatty, has been instrumental in advocating for change to prevent police brutality and killings of unarmed Black people. In response to George Floyd’s murder and in honor of the many others who have died due to police brutality, Congresswoman Karen Bass, in partnership with other members of the Congressional Black Caucus, introduced the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. This is a bold, comprehensive bill focused on addressing police misconduct and creating systemic changes in policing. This comprehensive law enforcement reform bill seeks to improve police accountability, change the culture of law enforcement, and build trust between law enforcement, communities of color, and the American people.
Congressional Black Caucus Chair Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) offered the following quote: “Exactly one year ago, the world watched in horror as George Floyd was brutally murdered. While the former police officer responsible for his death has been convicted, that is not always the case. So, I will continue to say the names and fight for all those who have died or been injured senselessly by law enforcement. Breonna Taylor, Daunte Wright, Adam Toledo, Andre Hill, Casey Goodson, Jr., Ma’Khia Bryant, Tamir Rice, and George Floyd should be alive. Unfortunately, nothing will ever bring them back or undo the unimaginable heartache and loss their family, friends, and our communities have had to endure, but we can turn agony into action. The American people are demanding change, transparency, accountability, and equal justice. That is why I am calling on the Senate to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act immediately.”