The following op-ed written by U.S. Representatives Anthony Brown (D-MD), Tom Cole (R-OK), Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) and Don Bacon (R-NE) was originally published online by The Hill:
This year, Independence Day comes at a time of great crisis and unrest for our country. But while the events of our day are troubling, remember that our nation was first born out of and found its footing in crisis. Throughout our great history spanning nearly 245 years, Americans have continually overcome even the most difficult challenges.
Following the reprehensible treatment and tragic death of George Floyd, there has rightly been a national outcry against what took place both under the watch of and at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis – a clear and despicable violation of the solemn oath police officers take to serve and protect their fellow citizens.