Dem Rep. Jayapal Echoes Pelosi, Claiming Republicans’ Police Reform Efforts Are Complicit in Murder
JAYAPAL: "Well, I think, you know, if Republicans are going to insist on half measures on things like studies about chokeholds, that is absolutely letting people get away with murder. The reality is there's an urgency across this country on police brutality and anti-blackness, and that's why you have seen the sustained protests of hundreds of thousands of people in the streets across the country in red and blue districts because people understand that this is wrong. Eight and a half minutes of putting a knee on somebody's neck and depriving their brain of oxygen is wrong. You know, qualified immunity with no ability to hold police officers accountable is wrong. And so, people don't want to see studies they know what's wrong and they know that we need to fix it at the federal level by passing the Justice and Policing Act which I think Democrats did a really good job of working with a number of law enforcement agencies across the country, but also recognizing the urgency of the protesters to say no more no-knock warrants, no more chokeholds, you know, restrict qualified immunity. Make sure that we know which officers have been engaged in misconduct if they go from one department to the other. And most of all, let's give money to black and brown communities across America to re-imagine what policing should look like, so that everybody is safe."