The Conviction in the Killing of George Floyd Is Significant but Reform Urgently Needed 

Black people have long suffered systemic racism and police violence


Robert Valencia, Earthjustice, (305) 457-7938,

Earthjustice President Abigail Dillen released the following statement today about the conviction of the officer who murdered George Floyd.

“Today’s conviction of a Minneapolis police officer for the brutal killing of George Floyd is an essential step to hold police accountable for deadly and indefensible violence.

“This conviction must mark the beginning of true change in our country, where the criminal justice system has consistently failed to hold police officers accountable for the unwarranted killings and brutality that have disproportionately taken the lives of Black people and other people of color in traumatized communities. 

“George Floyd’s murder sparked unprecedented protests in the U.S. and around the world, as millions pressed for genuine police accountability and an end to racism and white supremacy. That work is far from finished. No one can have faith in the fairness of a criminal justice system that tolerates systemic racism and anti-Blackness. Although today’s verdict marks an important step forward, we call on leadership at every level of government to advance urgently needed policing reforms that bring about true racial justice and equality.”

Thousands of Portland residents march for justice on Jun. 4, 2020.
Thousands of Portland residents march for justice, Jun. 4, 2020. (Matthew Roth / CC BY-NC 2.0)

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