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Perlmutter Calls for Action to Address Excessive Police Force, Inequality and Injustice
Lakewood, Colo.-, June 3, 2020
Tags: Equal Rights
Lakewood, Colo. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) urged action to address the inequality and injustice exemplified by the murder of George Floyd and which has existed in our society for decades. Perlmutter urges immediate action on several pieces of legislation to address issues such as police brutality, racial profiling, and the use of excessive and militarized force.
“The murder of George Floyd is a terrible, brutal tragedy and should never have happened. Every incident of excessive police force against an unarmed African American or person of color--anywhere – is wrong. Every person in this country, regardless of the color of their skin, should be able to live without fear of discrimination or violence.
“Sadly, for decades there has been a tinder box of racial and social injustice in our country. With the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and many others, tensions have understandably exploded, and it has ignited some real emotions and desire for justice. For too long communities of color have faced criminal, economic, and social injustice, and that rightfully warrants the peaceful protests we’ve seen across the country. Unfortunately, there are those who take advantage of these peaceful protests and use them to instigate violence. And there are others who incite that violence with their rhetoric and actions. Both are wrong.
“Freedom of speech and expression has a rightful place in this country and protestors have a right under our Constitution to act and speak out against injustice – but we cannot let instigators win the day. I continue to ask for restraint from law enforcement and urge protestors to be peaceful. Every community has its own leaders, some of whom are law enforcement officials, who are instilling a sense of unity and calm and finding a path forward with their community, a path that does not include military action or the threat of such action. I ask everyone to look to and support local leaders who are listening and learning and working to find answers and solutions, and to stand up to those who look to only incite further violence and chaos through division.
“This is a difficult moment for us. There’s a lot of work to do in this country as we recover from the coronavirus health emergency and its economic fallout and from the inequality and injustice that exists and the violence and unrest it has uncovered. Together, we have to address these issues now.
“To that end, I have asked House Leadership to call up a package of bills to be voted on immediately.”