Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted on H.R. 7120, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. Cole opposed the legislation.
"Following the reprehensible treatment and tragic death of George Floyd, there has rightly been a national outcry against what took place both under the watch of and at the hands of law enforcement -- a clear and despicable violation of the solemn oath police officers take to serve and protect their fellow citizens. While an overwhelming majority of officers faithfully and bravely discharge their responsibilities each and every day, the death of George Floyd is a sobering reminder that abuses of power clearly exist and must be addressed.
"While both Republicans and Democrats agree that policing reforms are needed, I regret that such a consequential dialogue and monumental effort has been partisan thus far, resulting in the partisan bill Democrats brought to the floor today. In fact, Republicans were completely shut out of the process of writing the legislation and providing any real input. Even in divided government, the country deserves and expects us to work together to produce police reform legislation that upholds the constitutional rights and inherent dignity of every individual. Anything less is a disservice to Americans everywhere."