RWRJ Reacts to the Guilty Verdicts in the Murder of George Floyd
Racine Women for Racial Justice stands in solidarity with the family of George Floyd and with all Black and Brown people who have been treated unjustly by law enforcement.
While we welcome the guilty verdicts against Officer Derek Chauvin as a just outcome for the deliberate and horrific murder of Mr. Floyd, we recognize that this represents merely a small step toward justice for people of color who have been systematically oppressed, mistreated, beaten, shot and killed by law enforcement for centuries.
We are encouraged that this case has raised awareness of the disproportionate use of force against people of color by police, and we remain committed to the work of dismantling the systemic racism that has, for so long, allowed such acts to be committed with impunity.
While we celebrate this verdict, we call upon law enforcement to root out racism from its ranks and do the work necessary to restore public faith and confidence in policing.