Read a PDF of our statement here.

Today, former Minneapolis Police Department officer Derek Chauvin, who was filmed driving his knee into George Floyd’s neck until he died, was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF)’s Director of Policing Reform Campaign Monique Dixon released the following statement:

“The arrest and charging of Derek Chauvin is a good start and we look forward to learning about any charges against the bystander officers. A culture of police violence will not change until all the officers involved are held accountable. We urge investigators to be transparent by releasing the police report, which may provide additional information about the officers’ interaction with George Floyd the day he was killed.”

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Founded in 1940, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization. LDF has been completely separate from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1957—although LDF was originally founded by the NAACP and shares its commitment to equal rights. LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute is a multi-disciplinary and collaborative hub within LDF that launches targeted campaigns and undertakes innovative research to shape the civil rights narrative. In media attributions, please refer to us as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund or LDF.

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