Emotional Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) members on Tuesday cheered a jury's decision to find former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murdering George Floyd, but they said the moment now demands that Congress take the next step: enacting criminal justice reform. "This is just the first step," Rep. Joyce Beatty Joyce Birdson Beatty Black Caucus: Guilty verdict a ‘catalyst’ for police reform Democrats debate timing and wisdom of reparations vote Biden’s DOJ civil rights nominee faces sharp GOP criticism MORE (D-Ohio), chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said moments after the verdict was announced. "We are hopeful that today will be the catalyst to turn the pain, the agony, the justice delays into actions that go far beyond today." Those actions primarily focus on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which the House passed on March 3 mostly along party lines. Named for Floyd, a Black man who died last year after Chauvin knelt on his neck, the sweeping police reform package would, among other things, prohibit racial profiling at every level of law enforcement; ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants at the federal level; and overhaul qualified immunity, which provides police officers and other officials protections from lawsuits. ADVERTISEMENT… Read full this story
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