AFSCME Statement on George Floyd Murder

AFSCME Council 5 honors the life of George Floyd and extends our deepest condolences and solidarity to the family and loved ones of George Floyd. We mourn with you and all people affected by tragedies like these. 

“The murder of George Floyd is an absolute tragedy and should never have happened. Do not become numb or blind to injustice. We must stand together with all of our neighbors and reject discrimination, hate, and prejudice in all its forms,” said AFSCME Council 5 Executive Director Julie Bleyhl. 

"The killing of George Floyd was a shocking and heinous act of violence that demands accountability, transparency, and justice. There can be no public safety unless innocent, unarmed African Americans and all residents feel safe walking the streets in their own communities. As a union that represents several thousand law enforcement officers and a union that has long been in the vanguard of the struggle for civil rights, AFSCME believes we cannot be forced to choose between racial justice or effective policing. A free and healthy society can and must have both," said AFSCME President Lee Saunders. 

AFSCME Council 5 supports peace, justice and humanity for all. 

We must protect each other and rebuild. Together, we will build an inclusive world and see the changes and reforms made that our communities need.

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convienence but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy," said Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

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