Congress confronts another crisis – POLITICO


with help from Sarah Ferris

JUNE GLOOMLawmakers are grappling with yet another awful crisis: how to end police brutality and heal racial inequalities. But unlike the novel coronavirus, this problem has plagued the country for a long time. Congress, however, is under renewed pressure to act following the civil unrest that escalated over the weekend, as protests, riots and looting broke out in major American cities in response to the death of George Floyd.

One member of Congress — Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), a senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus — was even pepper-sprayed by Columbus police on Saturday after she tried to de-escalate a confrontation between protestors and police officers that broke out near her. “It was an unnecessary use of force,” Beatty said in an interview. “For the officers to come not in a protective mode, but in an adversarial mode, in my opinion was also a part…



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here