Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Chris Coons’ (D. DE) re-election campaign:
People across our nation are hurting. After the brutal killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis (adding to the long list of other Black Americans who have been unjustly murdered), millions of Americans have united in protest. They are taking to the streets and demanding accountability and real change to our society and our laws. Over the past few weeks, I've marched in Middletown and Wilmington and met with community leaders throughout our state; but most importantly, I've spent time listening to the thousands of Delawareans who have spoken out about the changes they want to see.
That's why I signed on to the Justice in Policing Act, as an original co-sponsor. This historic bill, first introduced by Senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, is an important start to creating the change so many are demanding.
The Justice in Policing Act would finally designate lynching a federal hate crime and make it easier for the federal government to prosecute police misconduct. The bill also mandates racial bias training and makes many more important reforms that are long overdue.
This is an urgent moment for our nation. What we do in the next five months will change the direction of our country for years to come. This legislation isn't perfect and one law alone cannot end systemic racism, but it sends an important signal that we intend to begin this necessary work right now.
For too long, our country has not valued the lives of Black Americans, and simply saying Black Lives Matter is not enough. We must implement policies that actually address the injustices Black Americans face every day, and this bill is an important step in that direction.
The stakes could not be higher. But, as my friend Joe Biden says of the American people, “There's never been anything we've been unable to do, when we set our mind to do it and we do it together.” I agree, and I believe we can come together to make the changes we need.
Thank you all,