Former Secret Service agent and New York Police Department officer Dan Bongino is expected to discuss police brutality before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, Politico reports.
Bongino, a Trump ally and Fox News commentator, is named on an informal list of witnesses sent to committee Democrats on Monday night. He was listed as one of the witnesses for the Republicans, according to Politico, which obtained the list.
The Wednesday hearing will focus on the topic of police brutality. People have been protesting nationwide and calling for police reform after George Floyd, a black man, was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis. Protesters have demanded change including a call to defund police departments.
Bongino called the video that shows Floyd’s death “really, really tough to watch” during an appearance on Fox News’ "Hannity."
"When I was in the 75th precinct as a New York City Police Department [officer,] the golden rule was when the cuffs are on and the subject is controlled, the fight is over," he said during the May 28 appearance.
Police officer Derek Chauvin was videotaped pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes. Floyd called out saying he couldn’t breathe. Chauvin faces second-degree murder charges.
Bongino has defended law enforcement and ripped the idea of defunding police departments during a recent "Fox and Friends” appearance.
“People will die,” he said. “I think defunding, dismantling police departments would be one of the most irresponsible, foolish, unwise decisions that any elected official has ever made in the history of this great country."
Other people scheduled to testify during Wednesday’s hearing include African American pastor and Trump supporter Darrell Scott as well as Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, according to Politico.
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