Get the latest market trends in your inbox

Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with the Axios Markets newsletter. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Denver news in your inbox

Catch up on the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Denver

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Des Moines news in your inbox

Catch up on the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Des Moines

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Minneapolis-St. Paul news in your inbox

Catch up on the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Minneapolis-St. Paul

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Tampa-St. Petersburg news in your inbox

Catch up on the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Tampa-St. Petersburg

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) told "Axios on HBO" that House Democrats' failure to pass a resolution condemning police brutality that she co-sponsored earlier this year is an indication of her colleagues' inability to meet the moment following the death of George Floyd.

Yes, but: Every House Democrat did vote in June to pass legislation that would have constituted the most drastic overhaul of federal policing laws in decades.

What she's saying: Omar was asked by Axios' Alexi McCammond if House Democrats "understand the severity of this moment, not just in words but in actions through policy":

"I don't think most understand. We put forth a resolution to address police brutality and systematic racism that has been on the shelf since May, since the death and the murder of George Floyd. So when you are hesitating to pass a resolution like that, it is hard for me to believe that it is not just a hashtag for you.
I get very frustrated when people talk about what the polls say in favor of the Black Lives Matter movement or when I hear people say 'law and order,' 'I support our law enforcement' — which is not even something that people are questioning — but are not willing to aggressively speak to what it means for us to care about the Black individuals in our community as they care for everyone else."

Omar's resolution, introduced on May 29 with Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), sought to "condemn police brutality, racial profiling and the excessive use of force."

  • It argues that "police brutality and the use of excessive and militarized force are among the most serious ongoing human rights and civil liberties violations" in the country.

The bottom line: Versions of some of the resolution's key policy initiatives were ultimately included in the reform bill passed the next month by House Democrats.

  • They include the prohibition of "racial, religious and discriminatory profiling" at all policing levels; a grant program to help state attorneys general conduct independent investigations into police departments; and the granting of subpoena power to the Justice Department in "pattern and practice" investigations.

Go deeper

Updated Nov 28, 2020 - World

London police arrest 155 during anti-lockdown protests

Police officers stop a protester as anti-lockdown demonstrators march in central London. Photo: Tayfun Salci/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

London police arrested at least 155 people during protests against coronavirus lockdown measures Saturday, the Metropolitan Police said.

Driving the news: Protesters, including many who were not wearing masks, marched through parts of London, chanting "freedom" and holding signs that read: "no more lockdowns," per Sky News. The country has been under a national lockdown since Nov. 5.

What COVID-19 vaccine trials still need to do

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

COVID-19 vaccines are being developed at record speed, but some experts fear the accelerated regulatory process could interfere with ongoing research about the vaccines.

Why it matters: Even after the first COVID-19 vaccines are deployed, scientific questions will remain about how they are working and how to improve them.

2 hours ago - Podcasts

Faces of COVID creator on telling the stories of those we've lost

America yesterday lost 2,762 people to COVID-19, per the CDC, bringing the total pandemic toll to 272,525. That's more than the population of Des Moines, Iowa. Or Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Or Toledo, Ohio.

Axios Re:Cap speaks with Alex Goldstein, creator of the @FacesofCOVID Twitter account, about sharing the stories behind the statistics.