Virginia Legislative Black Caucus calls Crime Commission to take action after death of George Floyd

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Posted at 7:25 PM, May 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-30 19:25:04-04

RICHMOND, Va. - The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus released a statement Saturday evening regarding the recent tragedies involving African American people and the police.

VLBC says they are mourning the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. They are calling on the Crime Commission of Virginia to immediately take action.

In a statement released on the VLBC website, the caucus says, Virginia has a Crime Commission that has a proven-record of tearing down institutional racism in the system.

VLBC says the Commission must begin meeting immediately to consider the policies before them that will be put in place proactive measures to ensure justice.

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The caucus urges political leaders to join VLBC in putting together a legislative package that 'tears down institutional racism in our criminal justice system, eliminates racial disparities in healthcare, income and wealth, employment, housing, education and many other areas.'

VLBC says they support Minnesota's Working Group on Police-Involved Deadly Force Encounters recent recommendations and action steps for reducing police brutality.

The VLBC is made up of 23 members in Virginia's General Assembly.