By Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)
The murder of George Floyd while in custody by a Minneapolis police officer demands justice—and an absolute recommitment by law enforcement and policymakers to always ensure that any person taken into custody is treated with respect, nonviolence and professionalism.
I watched the video of Derek Chauvin kneeling on the neck of Mr. Floyd who pleaded “I can’t breathe” with horror and disbelief.
Chauvin not only betrayed his solemn duty to serve and protect but he betrayed, aswell, police officers throughout the nation who serve with honor and make enormous sacrifices to enforce the law.
In the pursuit of justice, local and federal prosecutors including the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights division are rigorously investigating.