San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after President Biden signed an executive order to improve effectiveness and accountability of policing, marking two years since the murder of George Floyd:
“On this day two years ago, our nation watched in horror as George Floyd gasped his last words, ‘I can’t breathe.’ In the wake of this brutal murder, courageous activists took to the streets to shine a bright light on the scourge of systemic racism and police brutality that has long plagued our nation. Inspired by these calls for justice, Democrats’ work to honor George Floyd’s life with deeply needed change continues to this day.
“President Biden’s executive order today is another concrete step in Democrats’ fight to move our nation closer to our founding promise of equal justice under law. The President’s strong and historic action will save lives: raising standards, promoting accountability, and improving trust in law enforcement. In doing so, the Biden Administration is establishing a model to encourage healthier relationships between police departments and the communities they serve, while honoring the service of our men and women in blue.
“The Democratic House has twice passed our George Floyd Justice in Policing Act: bold legislation to help reduce police brutality, curb systemic injustice and save lives. We will not stop until this legislation is the law of the land.”
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