MUSC Official Statement Regarding Charges Filed in the Murder of George Floyd
Friday, June 5, 2020
OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM MOMS OF BLACK BOYS UNITED FOR SOCIAL CHANGE, INC. (M.O.B.B. UNITED FOR SOCIAL CHANGE) REGARDING CHARGES FILED IN THE MURDER OF GEORGE FLOYD BY FOUR MINNEAPOLIS POLICE OFFICERS
(NEW YORK, NY) JUNE 04, 2020 - Moms of Black Boys United for Social Change, Inc. (M.O.B.B. United for Social Change), an online community of nearly 200,000 mothers with 15 local chapters nationwide is committed to advocating for fair and just treatment of Black boys and men in American society. We continue to stand in solidarity with the chorus of voices calling for immediate and widespread reform of the broken criminal justice and policing system.
We are pleased to hear that charges have been upgraded to second degree murder for the principal assailant, Derek Chauvin, in the murder of unarmed citizen George Floyd and have now also been filed against the remaining three officers involved for aiding and abetting a murder. We are also grateful that civil rights charges have been filed by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights against the Minneapolis Police Department in relation to the death of George Floyd. Additionally, we support the department’s investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department.
We applaud Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison for the decisive actions he has taken to further the pursuit of justice for the Floyd family. We must now work to ensure that these charges result in convictions that reassure every citizen that systematic discriminatory practices and reform in the criminal justice system are being addressed.
“We acknowledge that charges have now been filed against all four officers involved in the horrific murder of George Floyd,” said M.O.B.B. United for Social Change Founder Depelsha McGruder. “But this isn’t the first time we’ve witnessed a murder in broad daylight on video and expected swift justice -- only to later be sorely disappointed. We are hopeful that this case will bring real punishment and accountability to these officers who showed no regard for Mr. Floyd’s life in the form of convictions and stiff sentencing.”
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