Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, said Thursday that her chamber “absolutely” should hold hearings to investigate the death of Eric Garner.
The comments from the Washington state lawmaker, who is the highest-ranking woman in House Republican leadership, come a day after a grand jury declined to indict the white New York City police officer who put Garner, a black man, in a chokehold. Garner had been stopped on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes and the July incident was captured on video. The grand jury's decision has provoked widespread outrage across the political spectrum.
“We all have a lot of serious questions that need to be addressed and we need to understand what happened, why this decision was made,” McMorris Rodgers said on MSNBC's “Morning Joe.” “I would call for the House to have those hearings so that we can better understand. But we need to take action, appropriate action, making sure our local law enforcement have the training, that they're using appropriate force, which—I think we all recognize these are tragedies and it has raised a lot of questions.”
Asked if the House should hold the hearings, McMorris Rodgers said, “Absolutely yes.”