BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Players and staff members from the Baltimore Ravens have sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, urging him to bring police reform legislation up for a vote.
The players said McConnell should allow senators to vote on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020, which would limit qualified immunity for law enforcement officers, lower the criminal intent standard used to convict officers of misconduct and create a national registry that would compile data on officer misconduct. The bill passed the House in late June.
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Ravens players and staff signed a letter to Sen. Mitch McConnell urging him to bring the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 to the Senate floor for a vote. pic.twitter.com/P8rwrpqXWc
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) August 31, 2020
In a video posted on the team’s social media profiles, players read excerpts of the letter, which was dated as being sent on Friday, saying in part, “we can no longer tolerate a system that has too often failed to serve, protect and value the lives of Black Americans.”
Among the players who signed the letter are Marquise Brown, Orlando Brown, Jr., Calais Campbell and Marlon Humphrey.
Last Thursday, the team released a statement saying recent police shootings are “bigger than sports” and that “It is time to accept accountability and acknowledge the ramifications of slavery and racial injustice.”
A post on the team’s Twitter account Friday said practice that day had been canceled for a team unifying session, though Head Coach John Harbaugh later clarified the team had a standard meeting and walkthrough.