Congressional Hispanic Caucus Statement on the Murder of George Floyd

May 30, 2020
Press Release

SAN ANTONIO, TX — Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) issued the following statement on the murder of George Floyd by police and days of protests:

“America witnessed a murder this week. George Floyd, a black man from Minneapolis, should still be alive. Floyd was killed by a white police officer after a knee was pressed to the back of his neck for nearly nine minutes as three other officers, all sworn to protect and serve, did nothing to save him. 

“This injustice is not the case of a few bad cops, but a completely broken police system that disproportionately kills African Americans and Latinos. We must remember that the videotaping of this horrific incident shows yet a tiny fraction of the police brutality confronted every day by people of color. Racial disparity exists in every aspect of American society from wealth and health to employment and housing to the ability to watch birds in the park or go for a run in the neighborhood. 

“The anger and pain we see on the streets of Minnesota and all across America are the loud voices of people long silenced. Violence and the destruction of property is unacceptable, and these acts are not being committed by those who wish to honor the life of George Floyd. 

“Rather than bringing the American people together, the President of the United States is inciting violence, calling black protesters “thugs” and echoing ugly dog whistles of past racists. American cities are literally on fire and President Trump is fanning the flames. 

“We stand with our brothers and sisters in the Congressional Black Caucus in condemning police violence and we recommit ourselves to the cause of equal justice under law. America’s promise of freedom, opportunity and justice for all is still far from being realized. I hope in the days, months and years ahead we work towards building a more fair and just nation, a truly beloved community.

“We demand justice. We demand peace. And through justice, there will be peace.” 

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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.