Pelosi has been chastised for thanking George Floyd for “sacrificing your life.”

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Pelosi called Chauvin’s arrest on three felony charges “a step in the right direction for justice.” at a press conference after his conviction.
Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, attracted backlash on Tuesday for thanking George Floyd, a Black man who became a symbol of the fight for social justice after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of his murder.

During a news conference following Chauvin’s conviction on three criminal counts, Pelosi called the outcome “a step in the right direction for justice.”

“Thank you, George Floyd for sacrificing your life for justice,” Pelosi said, referring to Floyd’s death in May as Chauvin pinned his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes.

The comment drew widespread criticism online.
“Speaker Pelosi’s comment about George Floyd was totally inappropriate. At a minimum, she should apologize,” said Josh McLaurin, a Democratic member of the Georgia state legislature, on Twitter. “But more than that, I think the gaffe clarifies how much this country would benefit from a Black Speaker of the House.”

Black Representative Hakeem Jeffries, who occupies a strong spot in House Democratic leadership, is considered a potential future speaker or majority leader.

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The House of Representatives, headed by Nancy Pelosi, has passed the “George Floyd Justice in Policing Act,” which seeks to bring an end to violent law enforcement practises that have threatened African Americans and other minorities.

The bill, which is yet to be debated by the Senate, will prohibit police chokeholds and no-knock warrants, restrict police forces’ use of military vehicles, and mandate officers to carry body cameras. That will also make prosecuting officer brutality simpler.

 

According to Antonio Romanucci, a Chicago attorney on the team defending Floyd’s relatives, Pelosi contacted the family twice on Tuesday.

“Our speaker is an excellent leader. She is someone who is determined to see things through “Romanucci was speaking to the bill when he said this.

 

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