Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis issued the following statement urging for calm as people take to the streets to register their outrage over the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd:
“George Floyd’s death was unjust and wrong. His killing was an inhumane act of brutality, and we must stand united to denounce his passing.
“I share your pain and frustration. It is wrong that our communities of color are treated differently on account of race and ethnicity, and this plays out every day in their lack of access to quality healthcare and housing and in their interactions with our criminal justice system. We need to push for true police accountability and advocate for meaningful investments in our marginalized communities to honor George Floyd: an unarmed African American man who died after enduring unconscionable police violence.
“Too many individuals from our communities of color have had their lives cut short across the country and throughout Los Angeles County, and we should not stay silent. Because of Los Angeles County’s unique history and diversity, police brutality and harassment have impacted all of our communities of color. We need to push for true accountability. Our black and brown families should not live in fear of being racially profiled when they go out for a walk or a jog in our neighborhoods.
“This pandemic and economic crisis have upended our lives. I am certain we will get through this difficult moment together, which is why I urge all of you to give voice to George Floyd’s life, and the lives of all other black and brown people who were taken from us too soon due to police brutality. We must advocate for the reforms we know we need in policing, in our criminal justice system, and in our healthcare system. My hope is that the right to protest is practiced, and protected, nonviolently and that everyone remains safe.
“We uplift George Floyd’s life by protesting his death peacefully.”
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