U.S. Civil Rights Commission - Condemnation of Killings

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights unanimously condemned the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, and calls on the Department of Justice to enforce federal civil rights law that protect Americans from unconstitutional policing practices. The Commission also unanimously urged all law enforcement to follow constitutional policing practices in response to the recent demonstrations. In a 2018 report “Police Use of Force: An Examination of Modern Policing Practices,” “the relationship between law enforcement and many communities in the U.S. is fraught and challenging, particularly for those who experience violent crimes coupled with intensive police presence and surveillance.” The Commission also mourned the passing of LGBTQ and AIDS activist Larry Kramer.