Peoples reactions to killing of George Floyd amidst Coronavirus
- “I would like for those officers to be charged with murder. Because that’s exactly what they did. They murdered my brother. He was crying for help.” – Bridgett Floyd, sister of George Floyd.
- “Violence only begets violence. More force is only going to lead to more lives lost and more devastation.” Tweet by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.)
- “There’s space to be respectful, but we cannot have members of our community engaging in destructive or criminal types of behavior. That’s why I am obligated and dedicated to making sure that each and every day, I act in a way, and our men and women act in a way, that builds that trust that garners that credibility and legitimacy. And then also, when things go wrong, that we own it.” – Police Chief Medaria Arradondo
- “The city council members and the mayor and police chief constantly bemoan what they can’t do because their hands are tied by the [police union] contract. But every three years when the contract comes up, they rubber stamp it.” – Dave Bicking, vice president of the police accountability and reform group Communities United Against Police Brutality.
- “[The police] think of us as less than animals, and that’s the way it has always been. I don’t see things getting better, not in my lifetime. I think it’s only going to get worse.” – Claudette White
- “You only use your force until the threat is stopped. “Once the threat is stopped, you discontinue your force. He was not thrashing around. He wasn’t really moving. He was trying to breathe, is what he was trying to do at first.” – Mylan Masson, former officer
- “Please, Minneapolis, we cannot let tragedy beget more tragedy.” – Mayor Jacob Frey
- “We can come up with all the recommendations in the world. We can make all these new policies. But until people follow these policies, until people use these recommendations and are held accountable when they don’t, it ain’t going to matter,” he said. “It’s just a lot of talk, a lot of jibber jabber, and here we go again.” – Clarence Castile, St. Paul Police Reserves officer.
- “We always do this — we create a barrier, put the police out there, put them in a line, put face masks, depersonalize them, make them look as scary as possible and we always get this result, and then we want to point the finger at community members.” – City Council Member Jeremiah Ellison
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