Black Lawmakers in Pennsylvania Demand Action on Police Reform

‘We are sick of lip service. We want change.’ — Black lawmakers occupied the Pennsylvania House floor to demand action on 19 pending police reform bills.

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In US news and current events today, members of the Pennsylvania Black Legislative Caucus commandeered the dais of the House Speaker for approximately 90 minutes. Legislators demanded action on 19 pending police reform bills many of which had yet to be discussed or voted on. As Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta was addressing the chamber, a white Republican colleague went live on Facebook, calling Kenyatta a ‘mad man.’ Rep. Stephen Kinsey asked lawmakers to kneel for 8 minutes & 46 seconds the time an officer knelt on George Floyd’s neck during his fatal arrest .

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