Hudson Releases Statement on Bipartisan Police Reform
May 25, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) released the following statement on the one year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd:
"Today marks the one year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, who was born in our community. Two things I know – first, most police officers are good police officers. They risk their lives every day to protect us and should be supported. Second, there are legitimate concerns, particularly in the African American community, that must be recognized. We all have a responsibility to work for justice. I’ve been focused on bipartisan reform that does both.
"As part of that work, I’ve written an amendment to the George Floyd Justice and Policing Act to ensure accountability and transparency are not hindered by collective bargaining agreements by unions that protect bad officers with a pattern of misconduct. I am hopeful our ongoing negotiations bear fruit because there is so much we agree on like ending chokeholds, training for officers to intervene when they observe fellow officers using excessive force, reporting requirements on “no-knock” warrants and the use of force that causes death or serious injury, and expanding body-worn cameras.
"As I said when I was asked to speak at the memorial service for George Floyd last year, there is work to be done, but we can pass common sense solutions by working together."