Head of AAMA Blasts Racist Attack Against Minneapolis Man

Published on May 27, 2020

(Washington, D.C.) — On Monday, George Floyd, a Black man, died after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for five minutes -- ignoring Floyd’s pleas that he couldn’t breathe. The officer was fired, along with three of his colleagues who were also on the scene.

Mayor McKinley Price, DDS, of Newport News, VA and president of the African American Mayors Association stated:

“Six years ago, Eric Garner died at the hands of officers who ignored his cry -- ‘I can’t breathe.’ Fast-forward to this week when George Floyd made the exact same statement to police, and also lost his life. It’s heart-wrenching that these attacks continue to repeat themselves over and over again. This vicious cycle of brutality must end.

“The response to this incident so far presents a small sliver of hope for a better future, but doesn’t nearly go far enough. In the Garner case, the officer who choked him was fired five years later. In this case, officers were fired within a day. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey also blasted the officers’ actions and expressed strong support for their dismissal. Yet, we can’t stop here. A man was killed and criminal charges must be filed.

“Ending this cycle of violence will require leaders to take charge. In my city, we encourage the police department to develop strong relationships with the community to help prevent potential future conflicts. By continuing to build efforts like these across the country, we can save lives.

“We also must acknowledge the deep trauma that so many are experiencing during this time. COVID-19 and police misconduct suffocate so many of the same people, some by restricting air in the lungs, some with a knee on the neck. Racism in all its forms cannot be tolerated.”

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