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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Congresswoman Beatty Helps Lead House Passage of George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

Mar 3, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03), Chair of the powerful Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), joined forces with U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass (CA-37), House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), and fellow CBC members to lead the House effort in passing the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, H.R. 1280. 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.

Prior to the historic vote, Beatty spoke to the nation from the House floor, calling on her colleagues to support the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. A full transcript is as follows:

Madam Speaker, 8 minutes, 46 seconds on George Floyd’s neck.

I can’t breathe.

Say their names, Madam Speaker.

Breonna Taylor, Casey Goodson, Jr., Andre Hill, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and so many more.

While we can never bring them back and can’t undo the pain their families, friends, and communities have felt, we should do everything in our power and pass this bill.

As Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, I urge all of my colleagues—Democrats and Republicans—to join us.

‘Our Power, Our Message’ is to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.

The right should read the bill. The right should quote from the bill. Show me the words in the bill to defund the police.

I will show you accountability. I will show you transparency. I will show you justice.

The American people are calling on Congress to act.

Yes, Black Lives Matter, so let’s meet the moment and turn agony into action.

Let’s pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.

Of note, Beatty included the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act in the CBC’s ‘100 Day Plan of Action.’ For more information, please visit Beatty’s website.

An archived recording of Beatty’s remarks can be viewed on YouTube.  

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