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House Proceeding 03-31-09 on Mar 31st, 2009 :: 0:08:05 to 0:18:10
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Barbara Lee

0:08:01 to 0:08:21( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: proud now to yield to the author of distinguished the gentlelady from oakland, california, the chair of the congressional black caucus, ms. barbara lee, as much time as she may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. lee: thank you, madam speaker. first, chairman conyers, let me

Barbara Lee

0:08:05 to 0:18:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Barbara Lee

Barbara Lee

0:08:22 to 0:08:43( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: thank you for your leadership and for helping to expedite the consideration of this resolution before us today. and let me commend the work of our staff, daniel brown, cara paterson of the judiciary committee and crystal santos and gregory berry of my office for their excellent work on this important resolution. also, i want to exprs my

Barbara Lee

0:08:44 to 0:09:08( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: gratitude to speaker majority leader hoyer, and all of those who helped to make sure that we were able to honor our fallen police officers today. they, i must say, the lives of

Barbara Lee

0:09:09 to 0:09:32( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: four police officers we lost were honored and were mourned at a memorial last week. and this m 20,000 people that we had to have the memorial service in the oracle arena in oakland, california. it's really with a very heavy

Barbara Lee

0:09:33 to 0:09:55( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: heart that i introduce this resolution honoring their lives and mourning their losses. sergeant mark dunakin, sergeant ervin romans, sergeant daniel sakai, and officer john hege all were members of the oakland, california, police force. they were brutally slain in the line of duty 10 days ago.

Barbara Lee

0:09:56 to 0:10:16( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: madam speaker, the death of any law enforcement or first responder in the line of duty is a loss felt by so many people in so many communities. we honor in this resolution is no different. these wonderful men may have served and protected the people of oakland, california, in my

Barbara Lee

0:10:17 to 0:10:37( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: congressional district but off-duty they devoted their lives to improving the neighboring east bay communities where they lived. castro valley, danville, tracy, and concord, california. this resolution is co-sponsored by the entire california congressional delegation, including speaker posi.

Barbara Lee

0:10:38 to 0:10:58( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: i just want to thank them all for their support, especially congresswoman tauscher and congressman mcnerney, each of them represented one of the office we honor today and with whom i work very closely -- worked very closely with on this resolution. as i said earlier, the number of persons seeking to pay their respect to the fallen officers

Barbara Lee

0:10:59 to 0:11:19( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: were so great, more than 20,000, that the memorial service was held at oracle arena. among those was governor schwarzenegger, california attorney general jerry brown. they were joined by thousands of fellow police officers and elected officials from around

Barbara Lee

0:11:20 to 0:11:40( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: the country. president obama also sent his condolences. this is a small but fitting tribute, madam speaker, to four good men who routinely performed great deeds and who gave their lives and service to the people of oakland, california. their sacrifice increases by four the number of law

Barbara Lee

0:11:41 to 0:12:01( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty since may 17, 1792 when deputy sheriff according to the national law enforcement officers memorial fund, an might say,f historical and statistical information, that

Barbara Lee

0:12:02 to 0:12:23( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: role of honor now lists more than 18,270 names, each of which is engraved on the national law enforcement officers memorial located in washington, d.c. in may, 2010, the names of sergeants mark dunakin, ervin romans, daniel sakai and

Barbara Lee

0:12:24 to 0:12:44( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: officer john hege will be added to those of their fallen the senseless slayings of these officers represents the first multiple fatality shooting of law enforcement officers in more than a year and the first time in more than 15 years that four law enforcement officers were killed by gunfire in the li

Barbara Lee

0:12:45 to 0:13:05( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: incident. madam speaker, this tragedy also represents the deadliest incident involving california's public safety officers since the infamous newhall incident, which occurred nearly 40 years ago in los angeles county on april 6, 1970, when four california highway patrolmen were killed in a gun battle

Barbara Lee

0:13:06 to 0:13:27( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: with two heavily armed suspects. the newhall incident so traumatized and shocked the nation that it galva movement that led to the reform of police training procedures, firearms use and arrest techniques. the slation of these four -- the slayings of these f officers shows that the risks assumed by police officers

Barbara Lee

0:13:28 to 0:13:48( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: daily in serving and protect their communities is oftentimes lethal. their deaths also challenges us to redouble our efforts to ensure that law enforcement personnel have the training, the resources and assistance and support need to make our communities safer, not only for the people who live the but

Barbara Lee

0:13:49 to 0:14:10( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: also for the people who those communities. so, madam speaker, let me just say the bravery, the devotion to duty and the love of community of these fallen heroes has forever earned them a place in the hearts and memories of the citizens they willingly risked their lives to protect. but that honor comes at enormous cost to the people who knew them best, who loved them

Barbara Lee

0:14:11 to 0:14:31( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: most and remembered them simply as husbands, fathers, brothers, serg veteran of the oakland police department, an experienced homicide investigator. according to his captain, he

Barbara Lee

0:14:32 to 0:14:52( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: was a cops cop, one who was absolutely committed to anything that he leads and absolutely devoted to his wife, angela, and their three children. sergeant romans of danville, california, a decorated former marine corps drill sergeant, was a 13-yea oakland police department. he was also one of the ablest memb

Barbara Lee

0:14:53 to 0:15:15( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: swat team and was highly respected for his work in the narcotics division where he was responsible for solving several major drug cases. in 1999 he was awarded the oakland police department's highest honor, the medal of valor, for helping to save residents in west oakland -- in a west oakland fire. sergeant romans is survived by

Barbara Lee

0:15:16 to 0:15:36( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: his widow and his three children. sergeant sakai of castro valley, california, was considered by his peers and supervisors as a the oakland police swat team where he served as leader of the entry team. he was beloved for his dedication to serving others as evidence by his previous work as a community service officer

Barbara Lee

0:15:37 to 0:15:57( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: at university of california at berkeley escorting students around campus at night and his tenure at an english teacher in japan. he leaves to cherish his memory a wife and a young daughter. and then there's officer john hege of concord, california. john was a 10-year veteran of the oakland police department and a graduate of st. mary's college in california.

Barbara Lee

0:15:58 to 0:16:21( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: before joining the department, he taught at tennyson high school in hayward. and how he loved both his dog and umpiring high school baseball teams was remarkable. those who knew him well knew how happy he was to realize his cream of becoming a motorcycle cop -- dream of becoming a motorcycle cop. officer hege can be counted on

Barbara Lee

0:16:22 to 0:16:45( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: to be one of the firsts to require -- request for assistance or to volunteer on departmental projects. he will be greatly missed. madam speaker, in the face of this horrible loss for the people of oakland, california, we stand together and are resolved to make our city safer and peaceful, and we resolve

Barbara Lee

0:16:46 to 0:17:08( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: that sergeants dunakin, romans, sakai and officer hege, they will be honored as those who really loved the community and it. only by achieving our goals of peace, nonviolence and resolution of conflicts by peaceful means will we be able

Barbara Lee

0:17:09 to 0:17:29( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: to achieve a truly peaceful community and then repay the debt that we owe to these four remarkable human beings who made the supreme sacrifice to keep us safe. let me close with a passage from president obama's statement on the tragic loss of our police officers. he said, our nation is grateful for the men and women of law

Barbara Lee

0:17:30 to 0:17:52( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: enforcement who work tirelessly to ensure the safety of our citizens and our neighborhoods. they risk their lives every day on our behalf and ask little in return, and although the danger of their work is well-known, words still fail to explain the senseless violence that claim so many of them. and so i'd like to, madam speaker, insert this letter into the record.

Barbara Lee

0:17:53 to 0:18:11( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: i'm asking unanimous consent to do that. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. lee: thank you very much. as we honor their memories, i hope that each of you will take comft in knowing that their commitment to their fellow human beings will never be forgotten. we will always carry them in our hearts and their legacy of

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