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Ariel Atkins, Natasha Cloud urge public to speak to senators about police reform following Mystics game

Ariel Atkins and Natasha Cloud of the Washington Mystics focused their postgame comments on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and police reform in general.

Wizards and Mystics Juneteenth Peaceful Protest March
Natasha Cloud (center) as seen on Juneteenth in 2020.
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Washington Mystics guard Ariel Atkins declined to answer basketball-related questions following her team’s win on Tuesday night, instead asking the media to spread the word about the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act on the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd.

The Policing Act is meant “to hold law enforcement accountable for misconduct in court, improve transparency through data collection, and reform police training and policies.” One of its main goals is to ban chokeholds, like the one that killed George Floyd. You can read the full details of the bill here.

The bill passed the House of Representatives in March and is now stalled in the Senate.

Mystics guard Natasha Cloud also declined to answer questions related to basketball and laid out a list of reforms that she said need to be focused on.

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was murdered by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin over the simple matter of an allegedly fake $20 bill. Floyd’s death sparked a national outcry for change that has still yet to come. Chauvin was found guilty in April and will be sentenced in June.

Breonna Taylor, who Cloud made a point to mention at the Zoom press conference after the Mystics’ game, was killed during a mistaken drugs raid on March 13, 2020.