Miami’s Frederica Wilson discusses police reform, reparations during Biden meeting

Miami Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson was one of 10 Black lawmakers to meet with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday, when the president voiced his support for changing policing standards and committed to picking a Black woman for the Supreme Court.

Wilson, who holds a leadership post in the Congressional Black Caucus as secretary, said the meeting tied to Biden’s first 100 days in office that was scheduled for an hour ended up lasting more than two hours.

“We talked about what’s going on in Minnesota and how police are killing Black people across the nation,” Wilson said, noting that the attendees stressed the importance of passing the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. Wilson represents Florida’s 24th Congressional District, including Miami Gardens and other parts of North Miami-Dade County, and portions of southern Broward County.

The bill, which passed the House in March on a nearly party-line vote, bans police from using choke holds and entering suspects’ homes without knocking and removes legal protections for police officers.

“That bill is in the Senate, and we have to find a way to get that bill passed,” Wilson said. “I think the [Derek Chauvin] trial might give us some sort of public sentiment because this is not about hating the police or defunding the police, this is about justice and racial profiling, it’s about bad policing. Public sentiment might shift towards what we’re fighting for.”

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