NBA Coalition Supports George Floyd Policing Bill to Honor Police Brutality Victims
A year after George Floyd was killed by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, a group of NBA players has called on the United States Senate to pass legislation that would establish national policing standards and improve police officer transparency.
The NBA’s Social Justice Coalition said in a statement released Monday night that passing the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act would be a fitting way to honor Floyd’s memory and others who “have been victims of police brutality.”
The bill aims to establish national police standards, as well as prohibit chokeholds and provide law enforcement with “educated immunity.”
The bill, which received bipartisan support in the House of Representatives in March, is now pending in the Senate, with the coalition urging “elected representatives of both parties to work together […] and present it to President [Joe] Biden for him to sign into law this year.”
Floyd was apprehended on suspicion of passing a counterfeit $20 bill at a shop and died on May 25 last year in Minneapolis.
A bystander captured his arrest on tape, which showed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.
Floyd is heard saying “I can’t breathe” in the video, which went viral and triggered national demonstrations against racial injustice and police brutality. Chauvin was found guilty of accidental second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree homicide on April 20.
“George Floyd was murdered by a police officer in Minneapolis almost exactly one year ago,” the coalition, whose members include players, coaches, and even team owners, said in a statement.
“NBA players, coaches, governors, officials, and staff around our organizations were outraged to see the officer who pinned Mr. Floyd’s neck to the ground under his knee for 9 minutes, as were millions of others across the world.
“Mr. Floyd’s death fueled local and national demonstrations, marches, and immediate demands for social justice and reform.”
The coalition added that passing the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act on the first anniversary of Floyd’s death was a “opportunity to respect” Floyd’s memory and recognize those who died as a result of police brutality.
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