*Monday morning as Democrats kneeled for a moment of silence before unveiling a massive police reform bill, Nancy Pelosi most likely surprised a lot of folks when she referred to George Floyd as a ‘martyr’ of police brutality, not to mention showing up wearing kente cloth.
“The martyrdom of George Floyd gave American experience a moment of national anguish as we grieve for the black Americans killed by police brutality,” the House Speaker said at the podium. “Today this movement of national anguish is being transformed into a movement of national action as Americans from across the country peacefully protest to demand an end to injustice.”
“The martyrdom of George Floyd,” she said later, “has made a change in the world.”
Pelosi said Democrats in Congress are “standing with those fighting for justice and action,” and listed the names of other blacks she considers as ‘martyrs’ … those who have died at the hands of police brutality.
“Let us, my colleagues, just go over some of those names of martyrdom,” she said, before listing Floyd’s name as well as Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin and several others.
At the event where Pelosi made her remarks, a team of Democrats, all wearing kente cloths assembled for a press conference to reveal details of legislation that will combat police brutality, especially with the black community.
News of the bill comes after two weeks of protests across the country in the wake of Floyd’s death.
Ahead of the press conference, Democrats held a moment of silence at the Capitol for eight minutes and 46 seconds – the same amount of time former cop Derek Chauvin had his knee lodged on the back of Floyd’s neck.
“We were there for eight minutes and 46 seconds on our knees. My members will attest it’s a very long time,” Pelosi said. “It’s a very long time, and I graciously led them in falling over when it was over so that they could do the same thing, but here we are.”