Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson took his frustrations over recent police shootings of blacks to the House floor, saying the incidents have been happening with alarming frequency and then ticking off a list of recent victims.
He referred to the South Carolina shooting of Walter Scott, who fled police during a traffic stop and was subsequently killed in a hail of eight bullets. And then he commented: "It feels like open season on black men in America," a C-SPAN video of his remarks showed.
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Johnson also indicated those of other races faced similar dangers in today's America.
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"All Americans are at risk when bad actors in law enforcement use their guns instead of their heads," he said.
Johnson capped his remarks by reading a list of those recently killed by police officers, including Scott and Michael Brown, the 18-year-old whose shooting death in Ferguson sparked a nationwide and high-pressure discussion about police, race and the communities they serve.