LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis released the following statement on the one year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder:
“Mr. Floyd’s murder galvanized the world, evident by global protests and rallies, calling for the police officers who caused his death to be held accountable. This unfortunate incident, however, opened the eyes and minds of so many people whose experiences with law enforcement are vastly different from what many Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) have experienced.
With this newfound momentum, the Board, with our community stakeholders, continues to not just reimagine public safety, but is working to transform systems that have historically oppressed BIPOC communities and have directly fed people into jails and prisons into systems of care that stop criminalizing poverty, homelessness, mental illness, and substance use dependency. As Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, I am committed to developing and implementing holistic policies that address the roots of systemic racism in our County. Every resident regardless of their zip code, ethnicity, race, background, etc. deserves to live in a safe and healthy community. Our communities also deserve to hold law enforcement who engage in misconduct and harm accountable as no one is above the law, including those in law enforcement.
The work is ongoing and with our community, we will continue to forge ahead.”
Kimberly Ortega, Acting Communications Director, (213) 361-6435 or KOrtega@bos.lacounty.gov
Stephany Villaseñor, Communications Deputy, (213) 308-9017 or SVillasenor@bos.lacounty.gov