Clark co-sponsored Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s resolution to condemn police brutality after the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.
WOBURN, MA — Congresswoman Katherine Clark joined four representatives Friday in sponsoring a resolution to condemn police brutality after the death of George Floyd in Minnesota sparked outrage across the country.
A video shows now-former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck and ignoring him as he says he can’t breathe. Chauvin was arrested Friday and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley, a Massachusetts Democrat, introduced the resolution Friday with Reps. Ilhan Omar, Karen Bass and Barbara Lee. Clark was one of the original co-sponsors of the resolution, alongside fellow Massachusets Democrats Jim McGovern, Joe Kennedy III and Lori Trahan, among others.
The resolution highlights having oversight and independent investigations in cases of police brutality. The resolution also includes establishing civilian review boards with the authority to investigate incidents of police misconduct.
Following Floyd’s death, protests erupted in cities across the country including in Boston. Many protests turned violent with police using tear gas and other “less-lethal” weapons like rubber bullets on protesters and reporters and protesters looting and vandalizing.
Curfews were set in at least 25 U.S. cities Saturday night, including many that are expected to extend through Monday; Boston is already under a 9 p.m. curfew due to the coronavirus.