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Rep. Pingree Statement on Derek Chauvin Guilty Verdict

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WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement after a jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty for the murder of George Perry Floyd, Jr.: “George Floyd should be alive today. My heart goes out to his loved ones, who have suffered unimaginable loss. This verdict offers small comfort but has demonstrated the overwhelming need for t...

Pingree to Vote Again for Landmark George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

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Ahead of tonight’s vote on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced her intent to vote for the historic bill a second time. The landmark legislation will create mandatory accountability standards for police and address systemic racism in law enforcement and police misconduct. The legislation originally passed the U.S. House last year in the wake o...

Pingree Calls for Biden Admin to Abolish the Death Penalty

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Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree joined a letter to Department of Justice Attorney General-Designate Judge Merrick B. Garland to prioritize President Biden’s commitment of working with Congress to end the federal death penalty and incentivizing states to end capital punishment across the country. In the letter, the Members stated, "The death penalty is a stain on the United States’ commitment ...

Pingree Votes for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to Enforce Mandatory Ban on Excessive Use of Force, Reporting of Police Misconduct

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today voted for passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which would enforce national mandatory accountability standards to end police misconduct and address racial injustice in policing. “After George Floyd’s murder by police was captured on video, millions of Americans called for law enforcement reforms to address unchecked racial profiling and...

On Juneteenth, Pingree Launches Racial Justice Webpage

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On Juneteenth, a date commemorating when the last forcibly enslaved Black Americans were freed on June 19th in 1865, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) launched a new webpage detailing more than 25 federal bills she supports to address systemic racism in the United States. Pingree’s new Racial Justice webpage outlines legislation she is co-sponsoring in the 116th Congress to address police br...

Pingree Cosponsors Most Significant Federal Police Reform Package in Generations

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Amid nationwide protests of police brutality toward Black Americans, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced her original co-sponsorship of the bicameral Justice in Policing Act of 2020, which would hold law enforcement accountable for misconduct and increase transparency in policing. “While policing happens at the local level, Congress must take the lead in enacting overdue law en...

Pingree Cosponsors Legislation to Condemn Police Brutality; Develop Programs that Lessen Social Disparities for Black Men and Boys

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today cosponsored two legislative initiatives to address systemic police brutality, racial profiling, and the use of excessive force against Black Americans. A resolution led by Reps. Pressley, Omar, Bass, and Lee calls on Congress to condemn police brutality, racial profiling, and to take urgent action in response; H.R. 1636, the Commission on the Social St...

Pingree Statement on Death of George Floyd

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement on the death of George Floyd: "This week our nation witnessed the death of George Floyd at the hands of an officer who was entrusted to protect all people regardless of their skin color. The gross injustice inflicted on Mr. Floyd is another example of the systemic racism and violence visited upon communities of color. Mr. Flo...

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