Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (D-Calif.) is leading the charge to implement unprecedented reforms to curb police brutality, end racial profiling, and eliminate qualified immunity with the Justice in Policing Act. At House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's request, Bass and the Congressional Black Caucus are responding to the national protests calling for change after the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. Bass is working to rally fellow members of Congress to step up and make historic changes to combat systemic issues and police brutality.
On the ‘Defund the Police’ movement, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) says ‘We have not invested in health, social and economic problems in communities and we leave the police to pick up the pieces...why should police officers have to clean up society’s problems? Cities and states, their priorities are lopsided.’
On President Trump’s upcoming rally in Tulsa, originally scheduled on Juneteenth, Rep. Karen Bass says, “He’s notorious for fanning the flames...he’s getting ready to give a speech on race. I don’t know what good can come of that because I don’t know what he could say that would be positive.’
Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) says Congress will investigate the use of federal prison guards and the expulsion of protestors from Lafayette Square earlier this month by police with the use of pepper balls, chemical grenades and smoke bombs.
Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) says she thinks that the Trump Administration is, “adopting a herd immunity standard” when it comes to coronavirus. “I think that the Administration is not being public about this…And you know, herd immunity means just let everybody get exposed...it’s very, very frightening,” she said.
Rep. Karen Bass called Vice President Joe Biden’s run for president “a matter of life and death.” On Biden choosing a running mate, Rep. Bass says, “I’m very excited that he made the commitment to hire a woman, and of course I want it to be a black woman…I think that a black woman would not just galvanize the Black community, but I think that it would galvanize this new movement that is out there.”
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