The US Democrats kneel in tribute to victims of police violence

Democrats in the US Congress knelt on Monday to observe the 8-minute and 46-minute silence in tribute to George Floyd and other black Americans for police violence.

8 minutes 46 seconds. That’s the time a white police officer spent with his knee resting on George Floyd’s neck until he choked and killed him on May 25 during his arrest. 8 minutes 46, so it is the time of silence observed by Democrats from the US Congress who kneeled on Monday, June 8 to pay tribute to this African American who died at the age of 46, as well as to all other black Americans “who have lost their lives unfairly” .

Congressional Democratic President Nancy Pelosi, leader of the Senate Democratic Minority, Chuck Schumer, as well as about twenty parliamentarians, including several elected US elected representatives, gathered in the “Hall of Emancipation”, named in tribute to slaves working on the construction of its headquarters in Washington , Capitol, in the 1700s.

Legislation to hold the police accountable

These Democrats would then introduce a bill to “stop police brutality, hold police accountable, improve transparency, and create far-reaching and structural changes that protect all Americans’ right to security and freedom from harm.” egalitarian justice “.

In particular, the Law and Police Act, which was presented to the two chambers, aims to create a national register of police officers who commit wrongdoing, to make it easier to prosecute officials and to rethink their recruitment and training.

His future in the Senate, with a Republican majority, remains uncertain. President Donald Trump – who is in the run for a second term – has already accused Democrats of wanting to “lower the police record”. He argued for “effective and well-paid law enforcement.”

With AFP