Equality Caucus Signs on to Police Brutality Resolution

Jun 8, 2020
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DATE: June 8, 2020

CONTACT:  laura.brantley@mail.house.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Equality Caucus Signs on to Police Brutality Resolution

 

Washington, D.C. – The Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus today announced its support for the Police Brutality Resolution led by Representatives Karen Bass, Barbara Lee, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley. The Caucus sees this resolution as an important step in increasing accountability within the criminal justice system recognizing that people of color, including LGBTQ+ people of color, are particularly vulnerable.

 

“I am proud to announce the Caucus’ support of the police brutality resolution put forth by four Congressional leaders who we are proud to call members of our Caucus. Thank you to Congresswoman Karen Bass, Barbara Lee, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley for your leadership. We are proud to stand with you in your call to demand justice and condemn police brutality, which often disproportionately targets Black people, Black trans women, and queer people of color,” said Co-Chair Rep. Mark Takano. “George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and the countless other Black Americans who died at the hands of police deserve justice, and the officers involved in their death must face accountability. In order to achieve this, Congress must pass legislation to enact real reform that can transform our justice system and offer true accountability for police misconduct. This Pride Month, it’s more important than ever to honor the history of the LGBTQ+ equality movement – we have made progress in the fight for equality because of the activism of Black trans women and queer people of color. The celebration of our identity and our fight for equality has always been about resistance to a government that has denied us our rights, so as the Black community continues to demand justice in America, we must stand with them.”

 

“George Floyd’s death shocked our nation to its core. The United States Congress must now make clear that there is no room for police brutality in our country,” said Co-Chair Rep. David Cicilline. “I am pleased that the Equality Caucus is throwing its weight behind this important measure. I look forward to voting on it on the floor of the House.”

 

“I am happy that the LGBTQ+ Caucus is endorsing the House Resolution condemning all acts of police brutality, racial profiling and excessive use of force” said Rep. Barbara Lee. “We have seen far too many young men and women of color murdered by police, for as little as driving their car, riding public transportation, having a cell phone, or just being in their own homes. Police officers are supposed to defuse violence — not inflict it on black and brown communities. The LGBTQ+ community has endured similar experiences in police misconduct from the raid on the Stonewall Inn to the beating of Howard Efland. We must unite together to ensure that the majority of police officers conduct their work in a professional and unbiased manner, to restore public trust.

 

Please contact Shawn Gaylord at 202-257-8416 or shawn.gaylord@mail.house.gov with press inquiries.

 

Founded in 2008, the mission of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus is to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality. The Caucus, which is led by the seven openly LGBTQ+ members of Congress, is strongly committed to achieving the full enjoyment of human rights for LGBTQ+ people in the U.S. and around the world.

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