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Democratic Congresswoman Tlaib says U.S. policing 'intentionally racist,' cannot be reformed

"No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can't be reformed," says the Michigan lawmaker and "Squad" member.

April 13, 2021 9:51am

Updated: April 13, 2021 12:14pm

Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib says police department are "intentionally racist" and cannot be reformed, in the aftermath of the fatal police shooting Sunday of a black male in suburban Minneapolis. 

In the audio from police body camera video of the incident, the officer who shot suspect Daunte Wright, 20, seems to say she thought she had pulled a Taser gun from her holster.

"It wasn't an accident," Tlaib tweeted Monday. "Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist. "Daunte Wright was met with aggression & violence. I am done with those who condone government-funded murder. No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can't be reformed."

The shooting has sparked two nights of protests in which police have arrested over 40 people.

The shooting and Tlaib's tweet come amid the trial of ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with murder in connection with the death of George Floyd, a black male, in May 2020.

Tlaib has been on the record for supporting efforts to "defund" police departments across the country, as have other members of a progressive House caucus known as "The Squad," which includes New York Rep.Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

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