GOP senator says he spoke with George Floyd's family

GOP senator says he spoke with George Floyd's family
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Sen. John CornynJohn CornynCOVID-19 bill limiting liability would strike the wrong balance From a Republican donor to Senate GOP: Remove marriage penalty or risk alienating voters Skepticism grows over Friday deadline for coronavirus deal MORE (Texas), one of the upper chamber's senior Republicans and a close advisor to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTeachers union launches 0K ad buy calling for education funding in relief bill No signs of breakthrough for stalemated coronavirus talks State aid emerges as major hurdle to reviving COVID-19 talks MORE (R-Ky.), said Monday that he spoke with the family of George Floyd by phone the day of a public viewing in Floyd’s hometown of Houston.

“Earlier today I spoke with George Floyd’s family. I gave them my deepest condolences and offered to help however I can. But mostly I listened – it’s critical now more than ever that we all take the time to listen,” Cornyn tweeted Monday.

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“I’m dedicated to rooting out racial injustices so no other family has to experience what George Floyd’s family has. It will require bipartisan commitment across the country & listening to the voices of those who have been most affected is the first step – we must not fail to act,” Cornyn added.

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Cornyn last week expressed skepticism about policing reform legislation Democrats have called for since Floyd’s death, calling it “opportunistic.”

“This idea that we somehow are going to paint all of law enforcement with a brush of racism is outrageous in and of itself and it's obviously designed to divide the country further,” he said.

Floyd died in Minneapolis on May 25 after police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes while Floyd protested that he was unable to breathe. Protests against police brutality and racial inequality have since then swept the nation, and Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Three other Minneapolis officers present at the scene have been charged with aiding and abetting both crimes.