WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Steven Horsford (NV-04), Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, released the following statement on behalf of the Members of the caucus:
"The Congressional Black Caucus takes its role to advocate for the safety and protection of the people in our communities very seriously.
"To that end, CBC is requesting a meeting with the President this week to push for negotiations on much needed national reforms to our justice system - specifically, the actions and conduct of our law enforcement.
"No one in our nation should fear interacting with the police officers who serve our diverse communities, large and small. We all want to be safe.
"Many Black and brown people, however, and many young people in general, are justifiably afraid to interact with law enforcement officials.
"We are calling on our colleagues in the House and Senate to jumpstart negotiations now and work with us to address the public health epidemic of police violence that disproportionately affects many of our communities.
"The brutal beating of Tyre Nichols was murder and is a grim reminder that we still have a long way to go in solving systemic police violence in America."