Fatal Racism In Minneapolis
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Alan Minsky for Mike F., Deb, Mike H., Janis, Dan, Donna, Dr. Bill, Kimberly, and Bryan—your PDA National TeamBy Donna Smith, Executive Director – Progressive Democrats of America
Another day, another death of an unarmed African American man at the hands of law enforcement officers sworn to serve and protect. Whom do they serve and whom do they protect?
On Monday evening, George Floyd was suffocated by a white Minneapolis police officer pressing his knee to Mr. Floyd’s neck for seven minutes. Floyd pleaded for mercy at least 11 times before passing out. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) condemns this brutal act and the systemic racism that permeates American society.
“Mr. Floyd’s death appears to be yet another horrifying instance of excessive force leading to the death of African Americans across this country,” wrote Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Betty McCollum, Sen. Tina Smith, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
“In addition to the obvious state laws that will govern this case, federal law makes it a crime for a state or local police officer to willfully violate a person’s constitutional rights, which includes the use of excessive force.”
Today, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey stated, “When you hear someone calling for help, you are supposed to help. This officer failed in the most basic human sense. Being black in America should not be a death sentence.”
Meanwhile, demonstrations against the murder were dispersed by police wearing riot gear and wielding tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber bullets.
Whom do we serve and whom do we protect? It’s too late for George Floyd and Philando Castile and Tamir Rice and Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin and far too many others. We say their names and we demand serious change and real justice now.