Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Statement on Killing of George Floyd
Washington, May 27, 2020
Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) issued the following statement about the killing of George Floyd while he was detained by police:
“While I support the decision of that the Minneapolis Police Department to fire the officers present from the police force, that is not enough. A full and fair investigation must follow, and I call on the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct one. Mr. Floyd deserved justice on Monday. And his family and community deserve justice now.
“This is yet another time that we have seen a tragic death of an African American man in the custody of police officers—or of others purporting to act in some quasi-policing capacity. That is not just the failure of justice – it is the opposite of justice.
“It is that injustice we saw in the brutal killing of Ahmaud Arbery. While I am relieved to know that his killers have now been arrested and charged, I am heartbroken for his family, for his friends, and for all who live in fear of this kind of senseless violence. While I know that the majority of people across this country agree that Mr. Arbery’s brutal killing does not represent our values as Americans, I also know that this kind of violence has a long history in our country. It is our responsibility to make sure it does not have a future.
“We cannot permit the principles of justice to be abused by those acting within or outside of our system of justice, as we have seen in the tragic deaths of Mr. Floyd and Mr. Arbery, and of so many others before them.”