Congressman Eliot Engel has issued the following statement on the murder of George Floyd:
Our system is broken. When I saw the video of George Floyd essentially being murdered while saying “I can’t breathe” it took me right back to the Eric Garner case In New York six years ago.
Same scenario. Same words. Same senseless loss of African-American lives by excessive force.
Imagine the horror that George Floyd’s family felt watching that shocking video. Imagine being afraid every day when you leave your home: is today going to be the day I’m stopped by police and killed?
Now we see the images coming out of Minneapolis, the boiling over of years of racial injustice in our criminal justice system. Those words are important. When the “justice” system is “unjust” where does that leave us?
When we hear a corrupt and brutal President threaten to shoot protestors in cold blood, what action does that demand from us as Americans? We know we cannot trust Trump’s Justice Department to protect civil rights.
George Floyd and his family deserve real justice—that’s what I believe. The African American community deserves real justice. None of us can bury our heads in the sand when it comes to inequality and brutality, especially in our justice system. We must face it. We need law enforcement that works for everyone equally and I’m committed to fighting for it.
One officer has just been arrested for George Floyd’s death, but all of the officers responsible should be charged to the fullest extent of the law and held accountable for their actions. This brutality must end.