Pelosi Misspeaks, Says Police Reform Bill Is Worthy Of ‘George Kirby’s Name’

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi misspoke during a press conference on Friday where she said a police reform bill was worthy enough to be named after “George Kirby.”

Her comment was an obvious reference to George Floyd, the unarmed black man who was killed in Minneapolis when a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

Fox News reports: “George Kirby was a black comedian and singer who died in 1995.”

During the presser, Pelosi said: “And I said ‘I’ll recommend that to the Judiciary Committee and to the Congressional Black Caucus who have shaped the bill, but I only will do that if you tell me that this legislation is worthy of George Kirby’s name,’ and he said it is, and so we’re very proud, we’re very proud to carry that.”

From the report:

It isn’t the only Floyd-related misspeak by Democrats. On Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer referred to “Floyd Taylor” — accidentally putting together the names of Floyd and Breonna Taylor, who was killed by police earlier this year in Kentucky. He immediately clarified the remark.

The House on Thursday passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act that would outlaw chokeholds, reform qualified immunity that can protect police officers from civil lawsuits, create a national database of police conduct and lower the bar for police officers to face criminal prosecution. It is unlikely to pass in the Senate.

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Democrats have used Floyd’s death in calls for police reform by slashing their budgets, discontinuing qualified immunity, and the banning of chokeholds.

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As USA Today reports, Democrats recently passed a bill enacting these changes.

“The 236-181 vote, largely along party lines, comes one day after Democrats blocked the Senate from moving forward on a competing bill due to arguments the legislation did not go far enough to enacting meaningful changes demanded by protesters in dozens of cities across the country,” USA Today reports.

The report adds:

The House bill, which was crafted by the Congressional Black Caucus, aims to bolster police accountability and end the practice of aggressive officers moving from one department to another by creating a national registry to track those with checkered records. It also would end certain police practices, such as the use of no-knock warrants and chokeholds, which have been under scrutiny after the recent deaths of Black Americans.