Washington, D.C. — Today marks three years since police murdered George Floyd in Minneapolis. Rachael Eisenberg, acting managing director of Criminal Justice Reform at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:
Three years ago today, our nation witnessed the senseless murder of George Floyd at the hands of police, a tragedy that sparked a national movement to demand transformational change that would honor his memory. Communities across the country demanded meaningful police accountability and an end to systemic racism in all its forms. Yet bills like the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act still stand in limbo, and far too many elected officials continue to embrace status-quo “tough on crime” approaches that are a core part of the legacy of racial injustice against Black people in this country.
Elected officials must recommit to the fight for safety and justice by pursuing real and lasting change in their criminal legal system, accountable policing, and investments in solutions that will produce long-lasting safety.
Americans have not lost hope to see an improved vision of safety, accountability, and justice, and we must continue to demand it from those who create and enforce the laws in our country.
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