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Blumenthal Calls for Congressional Leadership as Protests Responding to Police Brutality & Systemic Racism Continue Across the Country

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – At today’s Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) called for Congressional leadership as protests continue across the country in response to the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.

“Our role now is to bring us together, to move forward, to take this moment and use it constructively in the midst of an economic crisis, a health care crisis, and now a justice crisis. And that’s why leadership is so important at this moment. We need to break the virus of racism that has infected this nation for too long. It has manifested itself in countless ways. Most dramatically in the video, the disgusting, vile actions of an Minneapolis police officer who properly has been charged with murder, but the three others who watched him and a department that may have been complicit as well,” said Blumenthal. “The role of this committee has to be to provide that kind of leadership or at least help because so far it is coming from very few other sources.”

Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) announced earlier today that the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the use of police force on June 16.