Republican House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) spoke out on the case of the April 19th police related death of Freddie Gray, 25, of Baltimore on Meet the Press this morning (5/3/15).
Chuck Todd: “Do you believe we’re in a national crisis when it comes to the relationship between African Americans and law enforcement?”
“I do. I think that if you look at what’s happened over the course of the last year, you just got to scratch your head. And when you hear about these charges that have been brought – (Todd interrupts) — public servants should not violate the law. If these charges are true, it’s outrageous and it’s unacceptable,” Speaker Boehner said.
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver had a brief meeting with the Speaker on regarding police brutality. Whether Boehner will assist in a legislative fix on the issue is unknown.
Republicans in the Senate are set to hold a hearing on police body cameras. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), are planning a hearing on police body cameras before the Senate subcommittee on Crime.
Last week, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), proposed legislation that would make choke holds illegal to use by law enforcement. Last year, Eric Garner, 49, was choked to death by NYPD Officer Daniel Panteleo. Pantaleo was not charged in Garner’s death and the prosecutor who failed to bring charges, Dan Donovan, is set to be elected to Congress on May 5th, the date of a special election.
Jeffries reacted to the Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Moseby’s decision to charge six Baltimore officers in the death of Freddie Gray, 25.
“The gruesome death of Freddie Gray should shock the conscience of people throughout the country. His severely severed spine signifies the cruel and unusual punishment he suffered in police custody while shackled and detained. Such brutality should not happen in America,” said Rep. Jeffries after the indictment was announced on Friday.
“The events of the last few months have caused the crisis of police violence to burst into public view like a malignant tumor we can no longer ignore. In order to heal, the community needs justice to prevail. The charges levied against six Baltimore City police officers in the death of Freddie Gray represent an important first step in that direction,” he added.