May 29, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Lindsey Graham says Senate will hold hearings on police use of force

Lindsay Graham.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) Photo: CARLOS BARRIA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to hold hearings on the use of force by police, the committee's chair Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) said Friday.

Why it matters: The announcement comes amid national outrage at the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, by a white police officer in Minneapolis. The hearings aim to "shine a bright light on the problems associated with Mr. Floyd’s death, with the goal of finding a better way forward for our nation," Graham wrote.

The state of play: Graham did not say when the hearings would take place, or who specifically would testify.

  • But he explained the committee would call witnesses to discuss "racial discrimination regarding the use of force, as well as building stronger bonds between communities and police."
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