Hurd Votes for Police Reform
WASHINGTON—Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) today voted on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 (H.R. 7120). While Hurd ultimately supported the bill because it made a small step forward on police reform, he voiced discontentment prior to the vote for how the bill was drafted stating it was a “missed opportunity” and felt the bill failed to do “one simple thing—empower police chiefs.”
Hurd’s remarks as prepared are below, and the video can be viewed by clicking here or the image below.
Rep Hurd: Today, we are missing an opportunity to pass an overwhelmingly bipartisan bill. We are missing an opportunity for a police reform bill to actually become law. We are missing an opportunity to do our part to prevent another black person from dying in police custody.
Everyone here believes as I do that whether your skin is black, or your uniform is blue, you should not feel targeted in this country.
We have failed to do one simple thing – empower police chiefs to permanently fire bad cops. This is one of the most important things Congress could have addressed.
Keeping bad cops off the force could prevent another killing, like George Floyd.
It would protect good police officers by ensuring bad officers, like George Floyd’s murderer, don’t soil the reputations of good officers.
Just a few months ago, when dealing with the COVID19 pandemic, we worked together as one congress, not two parties, to pass needed relief to our fellow citizens.
That’s the spirit that I wish was in this chamber today.