We still don’t know exactly what happened at 26/Broadway early yesterday. Sadly, videos released by @LMPD offer more questions than answers. But we know that the life of another Black Louisvillian ended at the hands of law enforcement. That is a tragedy. David McAtee matters. 1/x
I pray for Miss Odessa, the McAtee family, and my city — already reeling from the death of our own Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and countless Black lives ended too soon. But I know my prayers are not nearly enough. 2/x
I am a white man in America. I don't have first-hand experience facing the challenges my Black colleagues, constituents, and friends do every single day. This is a time for us to have the humility to listen and support. 3/x
Because the sad reality is that, in our country, what happened to George Floyd would never happen to me.

What happened to Breonna Taylor would never happen to my wife.

What happened to Trayvon Martin or Tamir Rice would never happen to my son. 4/x
There is an unfathomable canyon between the experiences of white and Black Americans. But it is a divide we must bridge—as soon as possible—and the responsibility is on white Americans to listen to our Black friends and neighbors and work with them to get there. 5/x
While I won’t claim to have all the answers or an instant fix to right these wrongs, there are some obvious signs staring us in the face right now, right here in our own city: 6/x
We cannot demand nonviolence from protestors without asking the same of our police. They have difficult jobs, high risk, and tremendous responsibility. To carry a badge and serve is to meet the highest of standards, and we must demand that those high standards are met. 7/x
We cannot call for the protection of property of some at the expense of basic rights of others.

And we cannot join calls of #BlackLivesMatter and then make exceptions when the practice becomes difficult. 8/x
I intend to keep listening and fighting for a day when our Black friends and neighbors can feel as safe in our community as I do.

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Never in American history has a President taken such brazen, lawless, and reckless action against our own nation as Donald Trump undertook last week.
And yet, while this dark episode was unprecedented, it was entirely consistent with the behavior he has displayed each day for well over the last four years.
It is an understatement to say that history will not look kindly on this President. But history will also harshly judge a Congress that failed to stop him and a Republican Party that allowed him to evade the law and believe himself a dictator.
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We face a worsening pandemic & a weak economic recovery that is now slowing. This is when gov't can be the difference between life/death for hundreds of thousands. But instead of helping Americans in crisis, the GOP is propping up a made-for-tv coup with no chance of success. 1/X
Aside from the crises we face, Republican officials have betrayed their oaths to the constitution and continue to undermine the most sacred pillars of American democracy in the eyes of the world for nearly nothing—to send fundraising emails and appease Trump's fragile ego. 2/X
What would be devastating for our nation at any time is deadly for our citizenry today. These are the once-in-a-generation moments when our leaders must rise above pettiness for the good of a country. 3/X
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Yesterday, a day before a grand jury chose not to charge him, one of the officers who broke into Breonna Taylor's home and shot her to death wrote, "I know we did the legal, moral and ethical thing that night." [1/4]
In no sense could this be considered moral or ethical. That this killing has been deemed "legal," that an officer involved could *still* feel that her death was justified, shows how very, very far we still have to go. [2/4]
No, Breonna Taylor's killing was neither moral nor ethical, and it's past time for the law to reflect that. Breonna did not deserve to be killed in her home. She deserves justice. [3/4]
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It is expected that the Grand Jury decision in the Breonna Taylor case will be announced soon. I have no inside information on the exact timing or what that decision will be, but there are some things that are clear to me at this point. 1/11
First, any decision on these 3 officers cannot bring justice for Breonna Taylor—and I don’t just mean it won’t bring her back. Too many things happened before they ever knocked on her door to put our hopes for justice on the fate of 3 individuals. The system must change. 2/11
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Last night was tough for us all. Heartbroken to see gunfire erupt during otherwise peaceful protests here in Louisville. Angered by the President outright fanning the flames and inciting violence against protestors in MN (or anywhere.) I pray that justice and order will prevail.
We shouldn’t forget, just as Breonna Taylor’s death is not just Louisville’s problem, George Floyd’s death is not just MN’s problem. They and all other manifestations of racism are as poisonous as COVID-19.
In America, racism is as old as time, but it is past time for all elected officials to raise their voices in a deafening chorus against racism in our justice system.
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.@HouseDemocrats have introduced the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to:

• Provide access to free testing
• Establish an emergency paid leave program
• Support strong unemployment benefits
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• Expand food security programs
Last week’s Emergency coronavirus supplemental was an important first step, but more must be done. Travel bans & payroll tax cuts don’t meet the immediate needs we have. The coronavirus is here. We need the targeted, multi-tiered approach of the Families First bill.
This legislation will guarantee free testing to protect public health. Knowing the scope of this pandemic is the most important element of determining the next steps in our response.
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