Davis and Norton, Co-Chairs of Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys, Say Caucus Hearings Will Hear Directly From the Community Whose Only Outlet has Been the Streets

May 31, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL) and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), co-chairs of the longstanding Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys,  said that the police killing of George Floyd compels congressional hearings on police reform, criminal justice, and needed legislation. However, they said that those are not enough. They will hold a Caucus hearing to hear directly from the African American community on the state of justice in America for African American men and boys following the killing of Floyd, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, by white police officers and of Ahmaud Arbery, an African American jogger killed by two armed white men in Georgia. In both cases videos exposed attacks, marking a new era for seeking racial justice.

 

“MLK once stated,” Congressman Davis said, "‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ African American men want and demand the exact same pathway for fair and just treatment as any other American taxpayer,” Davis continued. “I am hopeful for justice for the Floyd family and a further reduction of these incidents.”

 

Congresswoman Norton said, “Congressman Davis and I established our Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys seven years ago because official hearings, which we believe are mandatory, are not designed to capture the views of the community on the ground or those who speak for them. Technology has erased doubt about responsibility and now enables the community to be eyewitnesses to criminal acts by police, placing an unavoidable burden on law enforcement for swift justice. The response we see in the streets has become a spontaneous demand. However, in our system, justice requires due process and is an inherently slow response. In the past, our Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys has provided a useful platform following police violence. The actions we have seen in the streets following the killing of George Floyd calls out for a Caucus hearing to hear from the people.”

 

 

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