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- Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said officers in George Floyd case look guilty.
- McConnell also spoke about the slaying of Breonna Taylor, 26.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-K.y.) on Friday criticized officers involved in the death of George Floyd for using excessive force, saying he supports an investigation and potential prosecution for those involved.
McConnell also weighed in on protests in Louisville following a separate incident earlier this year involving Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT who was shot by police inside her apartment.
The GOP leader said at a news conference in Kentucky that the police officers in both the Minneapolis and the Louisville cases "look pretty darn guilty."
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The longtime senator maintained that violent demonstrations "in reaction to this is not helpful” while advocating for “peaceful” demonstrations, according to CNN.
McConnell, however, did acknowledge the systemic racism that has contributed to the recent deaths of Floyd, Taylor as well as Ahmaud Arbery, who was shot while jogging in a Georgia neighborhood.
“For millions and millions of outraged Americans, these tragedies do not appear as isolated incidents, but as the latest disturbing chapters in our long, unfinished American struggle to ensure that equal justice under law is not conditional on the color of one’s skin,” McConnell said.
When asked about President Trump’s recent tweet declaring that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts," a tweet subsequently flagged by Twitter for violating website policy on glorifying violence, McConnell declined to comment.
He did, however, maintain an investigation must be conducted into Floyd’s death.
"These events, which the facts around them are pretty obvious are absolutely horrendous, and you can understand the outrage and reaction to witnessing events like this. They need to be thoroughly investigated. And if prosecution is appropriate and I'm sure sounds looking at both these cases like that would be the case. Justice needs to be done. I've always been a supporter of demonstrations, but they need to be peaceful. And this senseless violence in reaction to this is not helpful to anyone and I hope it will stop," he said.
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