Another Black man has died at the hands of the police, 10 months after and 12 miles away from the murder of George Floyd.
Another grieving family is pleading for accountability from a criminal justice system that actively endangers Black and Brown communities.
Another day will go by when three people, on average, are killed by police.
But we cannot allow these harrowing realities to continue, said U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar, (MN5). "We must demand full accountability of law enforcement," she said in a newsletter to the public.
"That’s why I am re-introducing the National Police Misuse of Force Investigation Board Act to establish a federal agency to:
- · Carry out independent, unbiased investigations of every single death that happens in police custody, officer-involved shootings, and uses of force that cause severe bodily injury, and make those findings admissible in court
- · Issue determinations of responsibility and recommendations for policies and reform that will prevent future violence
- · Curtail federal funding for law enforcement activities and equipment if a police department fails to take meaningful action based on the board’s recommendations
Omar said this legislation is an important step in stopping the disturbing pattern of police violence and called for grassroots support to make sure this bill becomes law:
She asked district residents to sign on as citizen co-sponsors of her National Police Misuse of Force Investigation Board Act to hold law enforcement accountable.