“I want to make it quite clear that this amendment is completely irrelevant,” Demings, who served as chief of the Orlando Police Department for 3 years, stated.
“I served as a law enforcement officer for 27 years. It is a tough job. And good police officers deserve your support. You know, it’s interesting to see my colleagues on the other side of the aisle support the police when it is politically convenient to do so. Law enforcement officers risk their lives every day. They deserve better,” the Florida Democrat stated.
At that time, Jordan sought to interject, incomes a fierce rebuttal from Demings who struck her hand towards the desk in entrance of her as she exclaimed: “I have the floor Mr. Jordan.”
“Did I strike a nerve?” Demings continued as she appeared within the Ohio Republican’s path. “Law enforcement officers deserve better that to be utilized as pawns. And you and your colleagues should be ashamed of yourselves.”
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler interrupted the alternate in an effort to revive order to the listening to, however when Jordan stated he agreed with Nadler that members should not shout out of flip, Demings shot again: “Mr. Jordan you don’t know what the heck you’re talking about.”
The trial in latest weeks once more ignited the type of soul looking concerning the position of police in society and systemic racism within the felony justice system, and the nation writ giant, that many advocates have been urging for many years.
“America, and quite frankly I think around the world, people have been grieving now for over a year. It’s been a tough year. We’re all exhausted. But the verdict today sent a strong message,” she stated.
“You know, it sent a message that we may not be the America that we need to be, but the verdict today signals that we can be that America that we’re supposed to be.”
Demings added that she hopes this second acts as a springboard for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which handed the House final month however faces an unsure future within the Senate.
“Is it going to solve all of our issues? No it will not,” the congresswoman stated Tuesday night.
“But it is certainly 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 up to date with further feedback from Demings on Tuesday.