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  • Joining us now is the first woman

  • to ever serve as the chief of police in Orlando, Florida,

  • and is now a member of Congress.

  • From Orlando, Florida, please welcome Congresswoman Val

  • Demings.

  • Ellen, it's great to be with you.

  • First of all, you're amazing.

  • So how are you right now?

  • My heart is broken.

  • It's broken because what we are seeing, America is on fire.

  • And I spend a large majority of my life

  • trying to make America better, trying to put fires out.

  • But yet, the ugly ghost of racism

  • has been with us since the beginning

  • of time in this country.

  • And it continues to rear its ugly head.

  • And now it has spilled over into the streets.

  • And I grieve, along with America.

  • Yeah.

  • I obviously can't imagine the pain

  • that every black person is feeling right now.

  • But I just find myself just crying.

  • Like last night, I just couldn't stop crying.

  • And I just am so sad for everything that's going on.

  • But you have been amazing.

  • You wrote an article for the Washington Post.

  • It's titled, My Fellow Brothers and Sisters in Blue,

  • What the Hell Are You Doing?

  • I want you to talk about that.

  • Ellen, I joined the Orlando Police Department

  • when I was 26 years old.

  • I joined after serving as a social worker,

  • working with broken families and broken children.

  • I continue to want to make a difference.

  • I've worked side by side with some

  • of the most courageous, kind men and women

  • that America has to offer.

  • When I saw what happened to George Floyd,

  • and it brought back to my memory,

  • there are too many examples--

  • Eric Garner, Breonna Taylor, the Rodney King incident,

  • and others.

  • I just had to remind my brothers and sisters

  • in blue, the men and women that I have worked with,

  • the men and women that I have loved,

  • of the important responsibility that they're doing,

  • and that their number one weapon is the good brain

  • that the Lord gave them to think before they act.

  • And I just had to ask the question, what the hell are you

  • doing?

  • Because you are supposed to represent all

  • that is good and decent about America.

  • And what happened to Mr. Floyd was brutal and senseless.

  • You've said that they should ban neck restraints.

  • I mean, that's one thing that could happen, right?

  • There's one thing that you could--

  • the police force has a different technique to hold people.

  • We shouldn't use any restraint that

  • causes an officer to grab a hold of anything

  • above the shoulders.

  • And choke holds have been banned in a lot of different areas.

  • But it was a little bit different

  • what happened to Mr. Floyd.

  • And I just, Ellen, for the life of me,

  • as a mother of three African-American sons,

  • as a woman who wore the blue uniform for almost 30 years,

  • I just cannot for the life of me understand how the officer

  • continued to kneel on Mr. Floyd, hearing his cries of, "I

  • can't breathe."

  • Those words should be painfully familiar to us.

  • And I just didn't understand.

  • I also just couldn't understand the officers

  • who were standing by, because failure to act

  • is just as egregious.

  • I just don't get it, when we have

  • been trained, they have been trained to protect human life,

  • to render aid.

  • We have a long way to go.

  • Yeah.

  • I mean, with his hands in his pockets.

  • So it was just, and as we speak right now--

  • this airs Friday-- but as we speak,

  • the other three have not been charged, which is outrageous.

  • I mean, it's, I don't know.

  • All the rioting, all everything, if they all would have just

  • been arrested on day one.

  • Even though it was a horrible incident that happened,

  • they all should have been arrested.

  • And I think a lot of-- and if they

  • haven't arrested by now, on Friday as we speak,

  • this is crazy.

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Rep. Val Demings Couldn’t Understand the Failure to Act in George Floyd Case

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/07/03
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