+Grim Reaper 6 Posted February 1 #1 Share Posted February 1 (edited) House Republicans on the Oversight and Accountability Committee dissolved the panel's Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties amid nationwide calls for police accountability and criminal justice reform. GOP Oversight members shot down Democrats' effort to reinstate the disbanded panel in a party-line vote on Tuesday. The panel's shutdown comes just days after the city of Memphis released video of several white Memphis police officers brutally beating Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man, during a traffic stop days before he died from his injuries. Renewed calls for civil rights protections and police oversight quickly followed, with the Congressional Black Caucus and Senate Democrats urging conversations on federal reform efforts. Nichols' family members are expected to attend President Joe Biden's upcoming State of the Union address. "In the midst of this tragedy and nationwide time of grief, the House Oversight Committee Chairman made a reckless and cruel decision to eliminate the vital Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee when we need this subcommittee's leadership and insight the most. This is an abject failure by one of the most powerful committees in the House of Representatives," Crockett said. "Systemic policing and extremist violence are killing people, devastating our communities, and breaking the hearts of families we took an oath to defend and protect at all costs ... I will be consulting the Chairman and House Republicans to bring back accountability and transparency to one of the most influential Committees in Congress." “Reckless and cruel”: House GOP quietly kills civil rights panel days after Tyre Nichols video (msn.com) \ Edited February 1 by Grim Reaper 6 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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