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Rep. Val Demings to law enforcement: ‘What in the hell are you doing?’


Rep. Val Demings, a former police chief, referred to as for a nationwide evaluate of legislation enforcement hiring practices in a blunt op-ed in The Washington Post printed Friday. 
The Florida Democrat, who’s a candidate to develop into presumptive Democratic nominee Joseph R. Biden’s vice presidential nominee, additionally urged legislation enforcement officers to suppose earlier than they act.

“What in the hell are you doing?” she wrote. 

“Remember, your most powerful weapon is the brain the good Lord gave you. Use it,” Ms. Demings continued. 
Ms. Demings, who served as Orlando’s chief of police from 2007-2011, penned the op-ed in response to the demise of George Floyd.

Mr. Floyd, a 46-year-old black Minneapolis man, died Monday after a white police officer knelt on his neck after Mr. Floyd resisted arrest for passing an allegedly counterfeit invoice. Video of the incident reveals Mr. Floyd repeatedly telling officers he couldn’t breathe. The officer saved his knee of Mr. Floyd’s neck even after he misplaced consciousness. 

The incident has sparked nationwide outrage and three nights of rioting and looting in Minneapolis. 

Ms. Demings mentioned the incident highlights minorities’ fears of coping with cops. 

“When citizens were in trouble (if they had to call the police, they weren’t having a good day), they called really believing that when we arrived, things would get better. That they would be safe,” Ms. Demings wrote. “But we are painfully reminded that all too often, things do not get better. Matter of fact, they can get much worse — with deadly results.”

She additionally referred to as for a federal evaluate of legislation enforcement hiring practices and requirements, variety coaching, use-of-force insurance policies and salaries. 

“Law enforcement officers are granted remarkable power and authority. They are placed in complicated and dangerous situations,” Ms. Demings wrote. “When you see people differently, you treat them differently. And when power is in the mix, tragedy can result.”

She additionally referred to as for the officers concerned in Mr. Floyd’s demise to be held accountable by way of the felony justice system. 

The 4 cops have been fired however haven’t confronted any felony prices. The FBI and Justice Department have opened an investigation into the demise with a deal with whether or not the officers violated Mr. Floyd’s civil rights.

“My heart goes out to the families of those who have lost loved ones. But we must also offer justice through full and swift accountability — not just for their loved one, but for the future,” Ms. Demings wrote.


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