Elected officials hold vigil in Allerton remembering George Floyd

Assembly member Nathalia Fernandez organized the event and was joined by other elected officials, including state Sen. Jamaal Bailey and District Attorney Darcel Clark.

News 12 Staff

May 26, 2021, 12:54 AM

Updated 1,114 days ago

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Elected officials came together in Allerton Tuesday for a vigil in honor of George Floyd, one year after his death.
Assembly member Nathalia Fernandez organized the event and was joined by other elected officials, including state Sen. Jamaal Bailey and District Attorney Darcel Clark.
They say there have been positive changes but want to see more legislative change at the state and federal levels. They mentioned the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. The bill is designed to increase accountability for law enforcement misconduct, restrict the use of certain policing practices, and enhance transparency and training.
The community came together at the same spot a year before and again a few months later for the Black Lives Matter march.
"Officers may come and go, community members and elected officials may change and rotate, but when you pass a law, that's the law of the land. It remains in effect, it is something for people to go by," said Fernandez.
"Accountability is the key. We know all police officers are not bad, but when you have somebody who willfully stands on somebody's neck and kills them, and has no remorse or anything -- those are the acts of brutality we need not see," said Clark.
It has so far passed in the U.S. House of Representatives, but not the Senate. Elected officials say they want to see that legislation and others passed.
President Joe Biden met with George Floyd's family Friday and said he wants to see the bill passed soon.


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