Cicilline Remarks on George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

Mar 3, 2021

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, spoke on the House floor tonight during debate over the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (H.R. 1280).

A video of Cicilline’s remarks can be viewed by clicking the image below. The full text of his remarks, as delivered, is embedded at the end of this email.

David N. Cicilline
Floor Remarks on H.R. 1280
March 3, 2021

Mr. Speaker, George Floyd died under the knee of a police officer 302 days ago.

In the time since then, 797 people, more than two and a half every day, have died during encounters of law enforcement.

Black Americans are two and a half times as likely as white Americans to be killed by the police.

Police use of force is now the sixth-leading cause of death for young Black men in this country. This cannot continue.

It's time to address systemic racism in policing.

This bill will begin to do that. It ends chokehold. It will hold bad officers accountable, combat racial profiling, and will demilitarize police departments

This bill is about ensuring accountability and restoring trust between law enforcement and their communities.

Both the police and the communities deserve that and will benefit from it.

I'm proud to be a co-sponsor and urge my colleagues to support it.

And I will say Mr. Speaker, there's been a lot of discussion about defunding the police.

The only party in this chamber defunding the police are the Republicans, who just voted against billions of dollars to support local and state government, first responders, police officers.

We supported that. We're funding the police.

They voted to defund it.

This bill restores relationships between the police and the community. I urge its passage.