1. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, (D) New York
"The prevailing emotion that many people throughout black America, myself included, felt when we heard the verdict of the jury announced was relief, because in far too many cases, when a police officer has clearly crossed the line, brutalized an unarmed African American civilian and in many instances cause of death, there has been no accountability."
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2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Steven Horsford, (D) Nevada
"Well, I was relieved, like so many people watching across the country, but to be clear, this is not about one officer or one police department. This is about a system in the police, law enforcement where we need to have greater accountability. And that's why we are calling on the Senate to take up and pass the George Floyd Justice and Policing Act so that we can create national standards for the use of force, for eliminating chokeholds or eliminating the no knock warrant, for establishing a national registry so that the bad actors and law enforcement aren't able to move from department to department and so that those good law enforcement officers can do their job with confidence from and with the community."
"Today, when we saw policeman after policeman come and testify against Derek Chauvin, and I think that put us in the right direction, that they understand, you have nothing to worry about as a police officer with the George Floyd Justice and Policing Act unless you are a bad police officer."
House Democrats are pushing the Senate to take up the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act in the wake of the guilty verdicts in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was convicted of killing George Floyd Tuesday.
"It's not just about one officer and one department, it's about the system of systemic racism that we have to address," said Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford of Nevada.
"And that's why we need to pass the George Floyd Justice and Policing Act now."
"Black folks in America just want to be treated the same as everyone else, not better, not worse, the same, and for at least this day, we've got a just verdict with the equal protection under the law appears to be applicable," said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York.
The legislation Democrats are pushing would create national standards for the use of force, such as eliminating chokeholds, and create a national registry, so police officer who abuse their power aren't able to move from department to department.
The jury of six white people and six Black or multiracial people came back with its verdict after about 10 hours of deliberations over two days.
Chauvin was found guilty on all charges: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He could be sent to prison for decades.
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