Demings: 'We are long overdue for every law enforcement agency in our nation to review itself'

Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsSusan Rice sees stock rise in Biden VP race Liberal veterans group urges Biden to name Duckworth VP Democrats seize on Florida pandemic response ahead of general election MORE (D-Fla.) said Sunday that the killing of George Floyd was an indicator that law enforcement agencies nationwide should conduct internal reviews and “come out better than before.”

“I do believe we are long overdue for every law enforcement agency in our nation to review itself and come out better than before,” Demings, who previously served as the first female chief of the Orlando Police Department, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday.


Historically, Demings said “as we’ve dealt with misconduct involving police officers, that we’ve always tried to deal with it as an individual department or an individual city or an individual state.”

Floyd, an unarmed black man, died after a Minneapolis police officer pinned him to the pavement with one knee on his neck for several minutes despite Floyd’s protests that he was unable to breathe. The officer, Derek Chauvin, has been fired and arrested on charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

“But I do believe the time has certainly come, we are overdue, for us to look at the problem as a nation. I think we all need to pause and every law enforcement agency in this nation, whether they are 10 persons or 35,000 persons, need to review their hiring standards, their training standards, look at their de-escalation standards that they’re doing within the department, look at those officers who train other officers, because we know our training officers are the ones who set the standard for what’s acceptable on the street,” Demings added.

“We have to continue to work with our community leaders to build relationships, to foster trust, and we don’t wait to do that until we’re in the middle of a crisis. We have to continue to do that every day,” she said.

Demings, a potential Democratic vice presidential pick, also called for President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Meadows trying to root out suspected White House leakers by feeding them info: Axios Pressley hits DeVos over reopening schools: 'I wouldn't trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child' MORE to “show … some compassion” in addressing the nation, saying “if there was ever a time we need leadership in the White House, it is now, to help heal our nation, but I don’t know why I would ever expect the president to do something that he has never done before and we have never seen.”

Asked by host Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddUS testing official: 'Dr. Fauci is not 100 percent right' Trump dings CNN, 'Morning Joe' ratings as Tucker Carlson sets record Cuomo: Trump administration 'in denial' about coronavirus 'problem' MORE if she would hypothetically help the president address the nation, Demings said "If he called me today, I would welcome the opportunity to help this president get it right."