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Last night in his first joint address to Congress, President Joe Biden urged the United States Senate to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act within the next four weeks.
Today, Dr. Tiffany Crutcher, the twin sister of Terence Crutcher and the co-founder of the Terence Crutcher Foundation, is in Washington D.C. with members of George Floyd’s family, Botham Jean’s family and Eric Garner’s family to urge leaders to quickly pass the act and sign it into law.
Families of victims of police violence meet with federal lawmakers
The group met with White House officials, as well as Congresswoman Jackson-Lee and Senators Schumer, Scott, Booker and Graham, in the hopes of rapidly progressing the bill toward passage and enactment.
If passed, the bill would introduce sweeping reforms in the American policing system, including prohibiting racial profiling, chokeholds, no-knock warrants and more. It would also overhaul qualified immunity and create a national police misconduct registry.
Since the killing of Terence Crutcher at the hands of officer Betty Shelby, Dr. Crutcher and the Terence Crutcher Foundation have been fighting relentlessly for policing reforms that will save lives at a local, state and national level.
Dr. Tiffany Crutcher
“In order to ensure that we leave future generations a system of justice that is rooted in fairness and equity, we can no longer pretend that systemic racism does not exist in our law enforcement or criminal legal systems. Ignoring these facts is deadly for Black, brown and indigenous communities,” said Dr. Crutcher.
Instead, Dr. Crutcher informed the legislators that the country must face these realities head-on and commit ourselves to do the work required to create a system where we are all truly treated equally.
The Crutcher Foundation joined the Floyd, Jean, and Garner families in the call for the Senate to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and for President Biden to sign it into law.
“This is what we’ve been fighting for,” added Dr. Crutcher.