Local NAACP president says proposed state George Floyd Act “a good start” toward protecting the public

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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – A state initiative to ban chokeholds and reign-in police use-of-force has drawn support from the local president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Doris Jackson-Hardwick told KTSM 9 News that the George Floyd Act proposed by the Texas Legislative Black Caucus is ” a good start” toward protecting residents throughout the state.

“I think it’s a good start as to on the way to protecting our citizens and that’s really what the police are about,” Jackson-Hardwick said. “To protect the citizens but not necessarily kill our citizens.”

Floyd’s death last May sparked protests across the country calling on state and local governments to respond to police brutality and racial inequalities.

Locally, the El Paso City Council has taken a neutral stance on the act after discussions last month.

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