First public hearing on police reform and racial equity lasts almost nine hours

Everyone asking the Senators in the room to fight for the rights of people in their district.
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Filled with passion and hope for change, dozens lined up to stand in front of the Legislatures Judiciary Committee asking Senators to take a closer look at law enforcement and racial equity in the state.

“It makes me sick to my stomach that we have to keep asking, asking, asking, asking for equality,” LaShawn Woodard said.

The hearing was set up by Senator Steve Lathrop after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and James Scurlock in Omaha.

He wanted to give the citizens of Nebraska a chance to talk directly to lawmakers.

Multiple people drawing issue to the fact that racial injustice doesn’t stop with law enforcement, it goes much deeper.

“racial inequality happens in poverty, in housing, in education,” Jasmine Harris said.

Everyone asking the Senators in the room to fight for the rights of people in their district. Demanding we hold not only police officers, but everyone accountable when it comes to racism.

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