Ocasio-Cortez blames ‘political power’ of police for lack of accountability following George Floyd’s death

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said changes to ensure police officers are held accountable aren’t made due to politicians fearing the “political power” of police. 

“I’ll just say it: a lot of politicians are scared of the political power of the police, and that’s why changes to hold them accountable for flagrant killings don’t happen. That in itself is a scary problem,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Wednesday. 

“We shouldn’t be intimidated out of holding people accountable for murder,” she said. 

Her tweet was sent in light of the killing of George Floyd, a black man who died shortly after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck while arresting him. 

Four Minneapolis police officers were fired Tuesday after a video emerged of Floyd’s arrest showing an officer kneeling on his neck and pinning him to the pavement as Floyd repeated that he couldn’t breathe. Floyd died at a local hospital. 

On Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that Floyd “should be alive,” and said the “impunity of police violence is a systemic problem we must face to save lives.”

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (D) on Wednesday called on the Hennepin County Attorney General’s office to charge the officer seen kneeling on Floyd. 

“Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail?” Frey said during a press conference. “If you had done it or I had done it, we would be behind bars right now.”

Floyd’s sister, Bridgett Floyd, also called for the officers involved in her brother’s arrest to face murder charges. 

“They murdered my brother; he was crying for help,” she said on NBC’s “Today.”

“I don’t need them to be suspended and able to work in another state or another county,” she added. “Their license should be taken away, their jobs should be taken away, and they should be put in jail for murder.”

The local police chief said Tuesday that the FBI will lead an investigation into Floyd’s death. 

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