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Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Laquan McDonald,
Freddy Gray. So many others like them, who died as a result of
police abuses. It is, of course, why we are here today. We are also
here, as we have discussed throughout the day, to discuss the day
to day violations of constitutional rights by police that are endemic
across the country.
It is important to remember this is not new. Almost fifty years
ago, the National Commission on Civil Disorders, often called the
Kerner Commission, released its report, and discussed how almost
every major riot that occurred in a city in the 1960s had been
precipitated by an incident of police abuse. The Kerner
Commission concluded that increasingly the United States was
becoming two separate nations; one white, one black. It talked
about police abuses that were occurring regularly in the black