“As officer-involved deaths continue to gain national attention, I’m glad the budget committee will take this matter up today. When the unthinkable happens, the families and communities impacted by an officer-involved death deserve at the bare minimum an independent investigation. Fulfilling not one but two Attorneys General requests to fund these positions is simply the right thing to do.
“However, we cannot stop at today’s vote. We must continue to educate, discuss and take action to rid our society of injustice. That is why this week, more than 100 members of alumni chapters of all nine historically African-American fraternities and sororities held a day at the Capitol where they discussed social justice issues. Meanwhile, I encourage my colleagues put our money where our mouths are by funding these positions. Additionally, lawmakers must dig deeper and invest in our people by funding programs that target literacy, agriculture, justice reform, the environment and health care.”