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 ClayDems accused of MeToo hypocrisy in Virginia Dem lawmaker, ex-congressman father speak out against statue of George HW Bush at historically black college GOP lawmaker defends intel officials: ‘They are doing a pretty good job’ 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 WilsonDem behind impeachment push to boycott State of the Union Democrats seek to take on Trump at State of the Union Booker reaches out to lawmakers to seek support for 2020 bid 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 FudgeCongressional Black Caucus faces tough decision on Harris, Booker Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee to step down as CBC Foundation chair amid lawsuit Reporter says to expect Capitol Hill to take action on North Carolina's 9th District 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.