Advancement Project National Office Issues Statement on Death of George Floyd By Police and Ensuing Unrest in Minneapolis
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Advancement Project National Office is issuing a statement on the death of George Floyd, 46, a native of Houston, Texas who was killed by Derek Chauvin, a now-fired Minneapolis Police Officer, and his cohorts on May 25 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the continued unrest in the city following George’s death.
“Yet again, we must face the trauma and mourn the death of a member of our community at the hands of the people who are sworn to protect us. George Floyd was a father, a son, and a brother who was killed without reason,” said Judith Browne Dianis, Executive Director of Advancement Project National Office. “While we are thankful there is hope for justice for George following the arrest of Derek Chauvin, we remain cautious and know all too well arrests in these situations rarely lead to convictions. The police continue to believe that Black lives do not matter. Police culture allows this. Advancement Project National Office will work with its partners on the ground to raise up the voices of the community until justice is served. And though we inherently feel the sadness, anger, and rage that so many around the country are feeling, we advocate for action that dismantles the systemic institutions of racism and hatred in this country peacefully.”