“I want to clarify that this amendment is completely irrelevant.”
“I worked as a law enforcement officer for 27 years. It’s a tough job. And good police officers deserve your support. You know, it’s interesting that my colleagues have to look the other way in support of the police Is when it is politically convenient to do so. Law enforcement officers risk their lives every day. They deserve better, “the Florida Democrat said.
At the time, Jordan sought to intervene, earning a fierce rebuke from Demings who struck his hand against the desk in front of him, as he said: “I have the floor Mr. Jordan.”
“Did I attack a nerve?” Demaging continued under the direction of the Ohio Republican. “Law enforcement officers are better used as pawns. And you and your colleagues should be ashamed of yourself.”
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler interrupted the exchange in an attempt to restore order to the hearing, but when Jordan said he agreed with Nadler that members should not shout out of revenge, Demings shot back: “Mr. Jordan, you don’t know what the heck you’re talking about.”
In recent weeks the trial again ignited a soul searching about the role of police in society and systemic racism in the criminal justice system, and the nation wrote extensively, urging many advocates for decades.
“America, and quite frankly, I think, around the world, people are sad for a year now. It’s a tough year. We’re all tired. But the verdict today sent a strong message,” she said.
“You know, it sent a message that we may not be the America we need to be, but the verdict today indicates that we can be the America we are about to be.”
Demings said he hoped the moment would serve as a springboard for the George Floyd Justice for Policing Act, which passed from the House last month, but faces an uncertain future in the Senate.
Congressmen said on Tuesday evening, “Is this going to solve all our issues? No, it will not.”
“But it is definitely a great step in the right direction and we deserve it, good law enforcement officers deserve it and America deserves it.”
This story has been updated on Tuesday with additional comments from DeMings.