FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 29, 2020
Contact: Derrick Crowe, 512.516.5067, [email protected]
WASHINGTON, D.C.–People’s Action Director George Goehl released the following statement in response to the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.
“‘A black man was suffocated by white police officers as he begged for his life.’ How many times have we heard these words? How many more times will we hear them? The murder of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis leaves us horrified and grief-stricken.
“Public officials cannot be allowed to wait until people are protesting in the streets before they take action. There’s no excuse for the do-nothing responses of public officials in the face of white supremacist violence against black communities. We saw it in the case of Ahmaud Arbery’s murder before the video of that killing went viral online, and we saw it again here.
“The contrast between police violence in response to protestors demanding justice for George Floyd compared with the reaction to the armed protestors who terrorized the Michigan State Capitol Building just a few short days ago tells you everything you need to know about the pathological nature of white supremacy in America today. Minneapolis police responses to initial protests absolutely escalated the situation.
“During this time, we should be uniting in acts of collective care, but instead we are being torn apart by white supremacist violence. Minneapolis officials must serve justice for George Floyd’s murder.”
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