George Floyd’s life was stolen, like so many before him, by a pattern of violence committed by law enforcement officials that has resulted in the loss of countless Black lives stretching back decades.
It cannot go on like this. Black Americans have endured years upon years of police violence and cried out for justice for far too long. We need change now.
We have experienced this kind of devastation before. In 2014 when Eric Garner, Mike Brown, and Akai Gurley were killed by police. In 2015 when Freddie Gray and Walter Scott were killed, in Baltimore and North Charleston, and Sandra Bland died in jail in Texas. In 2016 when Korryn Gaines and Terence Crutcher were killed by police officers in Baltimore County and Tulsa, OK. And these are just a few of the cases in which we have been involved.
Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel, on the Immediate Actions Needed to Achieve Justice for George Floyd
Janai Nelson, Associate Director-Counsel, on the Tragic murder of George Floyd and the Call for Justice
The Campaign has also sought to directly confront and interrupt the public media narrative that presents Black men as criminals, and that minimizes the critical importance of communities in defining and developing public safety systems. The PRC’s work focuses on policing reform in New York, Baltimore, North Charleston, Ferguson/St. Louis and Tulsa, OK, but also includes work in other jurisdictions. The PRC team includes members of LDF’s Litigation, Policy, TMI, Organizing and Communications teams.
Progress for Black people in this country has only ever come from periods of great pain and strife, and from the determination, focus and commitment of those of us dedicated to this work. For eighty years, LDF has remained committed to dismantling systemic racism.
And we will not stop.