While the trial of ex-police officer Derek Chauvin had been unfolding, on Capitol Hill Congress was deadlocked in a debate about the future of policing in America.[Sponsored] Regrow Hair in 30 Days?
Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee saw one of the most heated shouting matches in recent memory.
Rep. Jim Jordan and the Republicans were introducing the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Bill — which in part would prevent Democrats from defunding the police. Liberal lawmakers, though, argued that the specific measures of the bill have nothing to do with defunding the police.
Rep. Jordan, arguing for the legitimacy of the bill, said:
“New York City cut a billion dollars from its police department’s budget and saw a 97 percent increase in shootings,” he said. “Los Angeles cut $170 million dollars from its budget, saw an 11.6 [percent] increase in homicides, Austin, Texas, $150 million dollar cut, 50 percent spike in homicides.”
In other words, the defunding of police only seems to be leading to more crime — and for law-abiding citizens who live in these communities, the measure to prevent defunding the police could save lives.
“I would bet, the people, the residents of those communities think this amendment is relevant,” Jordan finished.
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That’s when tempers boiled over.
Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., was given the floor to speak.
The former police chief rebuked Jordan’s word and called the proposed bill “completely irrelevant.”
“I served as a law enforcement officer for 27 years,” she said. “It is a tough job, and good police officers deserve your support. You know, it’s interesting to see my colleagues on the other side of the aisle support the police when it is politically convenient to do so.”
Jordan attempted to interrupt and Demings snapped.
“I have the floor, Mr. Jordan!” she screamed. “What? Did I strike a nerve?”
“Law enforcement officers deserve better than to be utilized as pawns, and you and your colleagues should be ashamed of yourselves,” she shouted and began slapping the table.
Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., had to quickly intervene and calm the tensions.
You can watch the explosive video below:
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