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Democrats release bilingual ads on police reform bill

Democrats release bilingual ads on police reform bill
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The Democratic House campaign arm released a series of ads in English and Spanish on Friday targeting vulnerable Republicans who voted against the police reform bill passed Thursday.

The ads, commissioned by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), feature a series of images of protests against police violence set to a somber backing track and plain title cards.

"Far too often in America, unarmed and innocent Black and Brown men and women are killed by police," the opening card reads.

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"We have to change the culture of silence and complicity where officers protect their own rather than the public they serve," the ad continues.

The ad then cuts to video of one of the 10 targeted Republicans, which include Reps. Richard HudsonRichard Lane HudsonDemocrats, GOP fighting over largest House battlefield in a decade How Congress is preventing a Medicare bankruptcy during COVID-19 Cook shifts 20 House districts toward Democrats MORE (N.C.), Don Bacon (Neb.), Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotDemocrats, GOP fighting over largest House battlefield in a decade Republican fears grow over rising Democratic tide Speaker Pelosi, House Democrats leave town, fail the American people MORE (Ohio), Michael Turner (Ohio), Scott PerryScott Gordon PerryHillicon Valley: House votes to condemn QAnon | Americans worried about foreign election interference | DHS confirms request to tap protester phones House approves measure condemning QAnon, but 17 Republicans vote against it On The Trail: How Nancy Pelosi could improbably become president MORE (Pa.), Jefferson Van Drew (N.J.), Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinDemocrats, GOP fighting over largest House battlefield in a decade Republican fears grow over rising Democratic tide DCCC reserves new ad buys in competitive districts, adds new members to 'Red to Blue' program MORE (N.Y.), John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoWarren, Porter to headline progressive fundraiser supporting seven swing state candidates Trump fuels and frustrates COVID-19 relief talks Trump says talks on COVID-19 aid are now 'working out' MORE (N.Y.) and Mike Garcia (Calif.).

"But Congressman Scott Perry just voted against increasing police accountability," reads the ad targeted at Perry.

In Zeldin and Garcia's districts, the ads are scheduled to run in English and Spanish.

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“Far too often in America, unarmed and innocent Black men and women are killed by police. We need accountability for officers who kill, and we need to change the culture of silence and complicity where officers protect their own rather than the public they serve," said DCCC spokeswoman Robyn Patterson.

"Once again, Republicans have chosen their party in Washington over everyday Americans and turned their back on the demands for justice and reform by the American people,” added Patterson.

With the ads, Democrats hope to shore up public support for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, a police reform measure passed by the House Thursday largely on party lines.

GOP Reps. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdChanging suburbs threaten GOP hold on Texas Bottom line Trump throws curveball on Afghan troop levels MORE (Texas), Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonWarren, Porter to headline progressive fundraiser supporting seven swing state candidates Preventing next pandemic requires new bill's global solutions Hillicon Valley: Judge's ruling creates fresh hurdle for TikTok | House passes bills to secure energy sector against cyberattacks | Biden campaign urges Facebook to remove Trump posts spreading 'falsehoods' MORE (Mich.), and Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickLawmakers urge IRS to get stimulus payments to domestic violence survivors Hopes for DC, Puerto Rico statehood rise Florida Democrat introduces bill to recognize Puerto Rico statehood referendum MORE (Pa.) crossed the aisle to vote for the Democratic-led bill.

The measure is not expected to be taken up in the Senate, where Democrats blocked a Republican measure on police reform Wednesday, claiming it did not go far enough.

The DCCC ads will run on YouTube in targeted districts until July 2.