After widespread unrest, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham announces hearings into the death of George Floyd, the police use of force and the treatment of black people in the United States. (June 2)
LINDSEY GRAHAM: The topic for the country is what to do after the death of Mr. Floyd. And what does the death of Mr. Floyd mean? Well, it's a long overdue wakeup call to the country that there are too many of these cases where African-American men die in police custody under fairly brutal circumstances.
It's clear to me that policing and among men in the African-American community is a topic that needs to be discussed and acted upon. And I expect this committee to do our part. I know that African-American males feel threatened by the police. I hear it my own sake, do the police feel threatened? What drives this tension?
Most of these cops that we're talking about are outliers. But this is not the first time usually they've had a run in. Why are they still on the force? How can we weed out the bad apples? So I pledge to my Democratic and Republican colleagues that we'll take a deep dive into this. And hopefully something good will come from it.
DICK DURBIN: We have questions before us today that are of constitutional moment. Is our system of justice in America so infected by racism that it cannot function in a manner consistent with our democratic values? That's as basic as it gets in a democratic society.
That question, is our president mobilizing our military to suppress dissent in a manner inconsistent with the Constitution and never seen before in history? That is a question that goes to the very heart of our democracy and our role as an equal branch of government.