Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) made it clear just how fed up he is with Congress' inaction on police accountability on the House floor on Monday.
"It feels like open season on black men in America and I'm outraged. In fact, all Americans are at risk when bad actors in law enforcement use their guns instead of their heads," Johnson said. "Despite bipartisan nationwide calls for action and despite my bills to reform the broken grand jury process, hold police accountable, and end militarization. And despite my colleagues' bills to encourage body cameras, this Congress does nothing, no hearings, no blue ribbon commissions, no nothing."
Johnson then proceeded to read the names of black Americans who have been killed by police, including that of Walter Scott, who was fatally shot as he ran away from a police officer last week.
After confrontations between protesters and police in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer, the Senate reviewed a federal program that provides military equipment to local law enforcement. In January, President Barack Obama used an executive order to begin to reform the program.
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