LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Charles Booker, Democratic Nominee for U.S. Senate, releases the following statement after President Biden signs a police reform executive order on the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder:
“May 25, 2022 marked two years since George Floyd was murdered. We stood together as a commonwealth and a country, calling for the type of accountability that would honor George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and everyone who was denied justice. It is an absolute shame Senators like Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul have derailed progress and blocked the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act from becoming law. While they refused to act, I joined families across the country in calling for President Biden to lead with executive action. I commend President Biden for responding and signing an Executive Order focused on accountability and community safety. This is an important first step in our quest to root out structural racism, injustice and inequity that has allowed law enforcement to use deadly force on communities like my own for too long. Chokeholds and no-knock warrants should have never been legal. Shootings and constitutional violations at the hands of law enforcement should have never been a norm.
In the Senate I will vote to codify necessary legislation to end qualified immunity, address implicit bias and disparate treatment, and community-based alternatives that focus on holistic health and safety.”