The Congressional Black Caucus took to the House floor Monday night to condemn the shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. last month.

Monday was the House's first day back in session since Brown, an African American teenager, was shot and killed by a white police officer on August 9.


Rep. Lacy ClayWilliam (Lacy) Lacy ClayLawmakers honor JFK on 56th anniversary of his death Trump tax breaks for low-income neighborhoods draw scrutiny Maloney wins vote for Oversight chairwoman MORE (D-Mo.), who represents Ferguson, said that deaths like Brown’s had become too common.

"This much cannot be disputed: Across America today, we have too many Michael Browns. We have too many unarmed black men who interact with police and wind up dead," Clay said.

"The resolution of that problem will only come through a painful, honest national discussion about race and our inability to address these tragic disparities," Clay added.

Rep. Frederica WilsonFrederica Patricia WilsonDemocratic lawmaker tears into DeVos: You're 'out to destroy public education' Democrats lash out at DeVos over proposed changes to loan forgiveness plan Black lawmakers condemn Trump's 'lynching' remarks MORE (D-Fla.), who represents the district where black teenager Trayvon Martin was shot in 2012 in an alleged case of racial profiling, said both deaths highlighted longstanding tensions.

"There is so much friction between police and black boys. That friction has been there for generations, almost since slavery," Wilson said.

Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Marcia FudgeMarcia Louise FudgeBooker unveils legislation for federal bill to ban discrimination against natural hair Kamala Harris aide says in resignation letter: 'I have never seen an organization treat its staff so poorly' Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to testify on Libra | Extremists find home on Telegram app | Warren blasts Facebook for not removing anti-Biden ad | California outlaws facial recognition in police body cameras | China rips US tech sanctions MORE (D-Ohio) said the militarization of police forces seen in Ferguson exacerbated the conflict between officers and protesters.

"This excessive use of force often provokes animosity instead of building the cooperation needed to combat violence," Fudge said.

The floor speeches from the Congressional Black Caucus came a day before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the Ferguson shooting. The hearing will be chaired by Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill (D).

Clay pledged to bring justice to Brown's case.

"I made a promise to Michael Brown's mother that we would focus every possible federal resource on this case in an effort to bring justice for her son's death," Clay said.