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Daunte Wright. George Floyd. Philando Castille. Too many others.

It has happened again.

Daunte Wright, an unarmed Black man, gunned down by police. The details are mundane — expired tags, air freshener, misdemeanor warrant — but the impact is profound. His family will never see his smiling face again.

We must act.

The House of Representatives has now twice passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, and it awaits action in the U.S. Senate.

This bill would establish national training standards, ban most chokeholds and no-knock warrants, limit qualified immunity, expand DOJ investigations of local police misconduct, and create a National Police Misconduct Registry to give local communities the data they need to ensure that they're hiring good cops, not bad cops passed along from somewhere else.

I'm ready to vote for it. Right now.

Meanwhile, in Minnesota — and across the country — we need to empower the advocates who are fighting to change the law, support families of victims, and hold accountable those officers who abuse their badges.

Would you please make a donation right now to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund?

Founded by Thurgood Marshall before he joined the Supreme Court, the NAACP LDF is one of our nation's leading advocacy organization for racial justice, civil rights, and human rights. Your support makes their work possible — and their work is so needed right now.



Posted on April 14, 2021.

Born in the small town of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, Jeff Merkley has never lost touch with his working class roots.

As a U.S. Senator, he works every day to create opportunity for working families, stop the corruption of our democracy, and tackle the climate crisis.

A workhorse and a progressive champion, Jeff Merkley is leading a movement to get our country back on track.

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