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Published on May 25, 2021
(Washington, D.C.) — Today marks the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, who was killed by a police officer who kneeled on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.
“George Floyd was a Houston native. His memory will never be forgotten. Our hearts continue to go out to his beloved family members, who have been incredible ambassadors for racial justice and civil rights in the wake of his death, even amidst their grief,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner (Houston, TX), president of the African American Mayors Association. “To honor George Floyd’s legacy, I, along with the 500+ Black mayors nationwide, am issuing a renewed call for police reform. Last year, AAMA released a PEACE Pact with commonsense solutions to improve relations between police and community members. We implore policymakers nationwide to adopt these principles to help end racism in policing.”
“George Floyd’s death shined a national spotlight on our nation’s long and disturbing history of racism in policing,” said Mayor Karen Weaver, former mayor of Flint, Michigan and interim executive director of the African American Mayors Association. “Since that terrible day, Black mayors have supercharged their efforts to change policing in our communities. We are working closely with police departments to develop more equitable, fair policies for police work. We are also calling on Congress to pass the George Floyd in Policing Act, which would help root out racism in our police forces and significantly reduce the use of force by police.”