Tracy Mitrano has been called an extremist for voicing support for the Justice In Policing Act of 2020 and the Black Lives Matter movement.

In an interview with TAPinto Greater Olean Friday, the Democratic challenger for the 23rd congressional district, recalled a man in a car “threw the finger” at her when she attended a recent protest.

“But his window was open,” she said. “You know what I called out to him? ‘I would be out here for you if I thought you were being abused by the police.’

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“The truth of the matter is, to want the right thing to be done for someone else means that you want it for yourself.”

Mitrano said the Justice in Policing Act  of 2020, expected to be put to a vote in Congress before July 4, aims to “fill gaps” in policing that have allowed for acts of systematic racism, like the May 25 death of George Floyd.

Emphasizing the injustice of the Floyd killing and empathizing with Floyd’s family, Mitrano, the mother of two sons, said, “If my son is being arrested for a criminal act, arrest him. But don’t kill him!”

And she added that the issues that systematic racism, institutional discrimination and mistreatment based on race pose in policing go beyond its victims.

“The taxpayers are paying for their mistakes, instead of the individual that did the bad acts,” she said.

The Justice in Policing Act of 2020, if passed, will create a national police misconduct registry, along with other provisions, Mitrano said.

In a press release issued Thursday, Mitrano listed other provisions in the Justice in Policing Act of 2020: the banning of ethnic or racial profiling; the banning of choke holds; the banning of no-knock warrants, mandatory dashboard or body cameras, and mandatory reporting of use-of-force incidents.

In Friday’s interview she said, “Nothing about this act is designed to defund the police.”

And Mitrano added, “Does it need to be spent more on tanks or other military machinery? Or could we think about spending that money more on integrating them into the community that they’re designed to protect?”

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