Senate Must Pass Justice in Policing Act

Floor Speech

Date: June 26, 2020
Location: Washington, DC


Ms. MENG. Mr. Speaker, I rise today because our Nation is screaming out, grieving for those killed by police brutality and racial injustice.

I rise today because, for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, a police officer pressed his knee on George Floyd's neck, slowly killing him, but we know there are countless more who will forever remain faceless and nameless because their stories were never recorded.

I rise today because Black lives matter.

Last night, I proudly voted to pass this historic, transformative bill, the Justice in Policing Act.

This bill would finally put in place unprecedented and bold reforms to curb police brutality and racial profiling and combat the epidemic of racial injustice.

Mr. Speaker, we cannot turn our backs on the cries for justice. We cannot go back to a system that would look the other way when faced with police brutality.

The Senate must follow the House's lead and immediately pass this bill because this moment of national anguish demands nothing less.