George Floyd – an unarmed black man – was suffocated and killed by a police officer as he was pleading for air. This murder was horrific and it was disgraceful. Over the past week, we’ve witnessed peaceful demonstrations rightfully demanding justice for George Floyd that were co-opted by violent rioters.
Unlike the demonstrators, the rioters are not peacefully calling for change. They are encouraging acts of domestic terror through assault, vandalism, and looting. They are responsible for destroying communities and livelihoods already devastated by COVID-19. This is not the America we know and love. The violence and the madness must stop.
I am calling for national unity to provide justice for George Floyd and end violence across America.
Watch my full statement here.
Now, more than ever, it’s imperative for us to come together. We cannot allow the senseless violence of rioters to further divide us.