Congressman Jamaal Bowman Introduces COUP Act to Investigate White Nationalism in Policing

Newly elected Congressman Jamaal Bowman is planning to introduce legislation which will lay the framework for investigations into the influence of white nationalism in policing.

Congressman Jamaal Bowman Introduces COUP Act to Investigate White Nationalism in Policing

Newly elected Congressman Jamaal Bowman is planning to introduce legislation which will lay the framework for investigations into the influence of white nationalism in policing.

Bowman, a New York congressmen and the latest initiate of AOC’s progressive ‘squad,’ aims to establish the commission following the Washington D.C. rallies which led to protestors entering the Capitol Building on Wednesday.

The legislation, titled the Congressional Oversight of Unjust Policing Act (COUP Act), aims to investigate whether white nationalism affected the Capitol Police response

At a press conference, Bowman said, “We have to stare White nationalism in the face… We have to deal with it directly, not only through law enforcement, but by recognizing that White nationalism lives in every American institution.

As we experienced Wednesday’s horrible events, my first question was: ‘How the hell were they able to penetrate the Capitol? Why were Capitol Police so undermanned and overwhelmed so quickly?” Bowman said.

In December, Bowman had also suggested that “our current system of capitalism is slavery by another name.” 

The new legislation introduced by Bowman is just one effort of many where democrats are alleging that the Washington D.C. rallies were racially motivated.

In an online video meeting Friday, Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said the Washington D.C. protestors “chose their Whiteness over Democracy.” 

It has been an epiphany for the world to see that there are people in our country led by this president, for the moment, who have chosen their whiteness over democracy,” the speaker said.

Incoming president Joe Biden has also jumped on the bandwagon, saying at a news conference on Thursday, “No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesting yesterday, they wouldn’t have been treated very, very differently than the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol. We all know that’s true, and it is unacceptable.”

Republicans have dismissed the claims as political pandering, saying the allegations are meant to increase racial tensions instead of generating unity.

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