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.
“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.
George Floyd should be alive today. His family’s calls for justice for his murder were heard around the world. He did not die in vain. We must make sure other families don’t suffer the same racism, violence & pain, and we must enact the George Floyd #JusticeInPolicing Act. https://t.co/tWln9NRg1g
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) April 20, 2021
Black Representative Hakeem Jeffries, who occupies a strong spot in House Democratic leadership, is considered a potential future speaker or majority leader.
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.