WASHINGTON – A brother of George Floyd, whose murder in Minneapolis sparked protests worldwide, asked Congress on Wednesday to stop the pain of black people caused by police brutality.
“I’m here to ask you to stop it. Stop the pain,” said 42-year-old tear Philonise Floyd in a testimony before the House of Representatives judicial committee. “George called for help and was ignored. Please listen. to the phone call I’m making you now, to the phone calls from our family and the phone calls in the streets of the world. “
George Floyd’s death on May 25 after a police officer knelt in the neck for nearly nine minutes was the latest in a series of murders of African-American men and women by police raging on the streets of America and new calls for reform have caused.
“Justice for George,” Philonise Floyd told reporters on their way to the hearing.
The Judiciary Commission is preparing to deploy a sweeping legislative package to combat police brutality and racial injustice by July 4, and is expected to hold hearings next week to prepare the bill for a full vote in the House.
“The nation demands and deserves meaningful change,” said Judicial Commission Jerrold Nadler at the beginning of the US Capitol hearing.
“We must not forget that he is not just a cause, a name that is sung on the street. He was a man. He had a family. He was known as a friendly giant. He had a rich life that was taken from him way too early and we are mourning his loss, “said Nadler.
Representative Jim Jordan, the best Republican on the committee, said, “The American people understand that it is time for a real discussion, real debate, real solutions to the police treatment of African Americans.” He also praised President Donald Trump’s efforts in response to Floyd’s death and subsequent protests.
Lawmakers also heard urgent pleas from civil rights advocates for vigorous reforms and increased funding for social services in minority communities, as well as vocal support for the police from three witnesses summoned by Republicans.
Some witnesses and legislators took part in a video link to ensure social distance during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Fraternal Order of Police welcomes the introduction of the bill and says in a statement that further discussions could yield a law that could have a positive impact on law enforcement and police.
Senate Republicans are working on rival legislation, which will be released on Friday, which touches many of the same areas, but emphasizes data collection rather than changes in laws and policies in key areas.
Trump spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said on Wednesday that he could take race and police policies through an executive order. McEnany declined to provide details in her comments to Fox News.
The Republican-led Senate Justice Committee will hold its own hearing on Tuesday.