NEWS RELEASE Saturday, May 30, 2020
NAACP BRANCH STATEMENT ON THE KILLING OF MR. GEORGE FLOYD
Charlottesville, VA. – The Albemarle- Charlottesville Branch of the NAACP aligns itself with those who express outrage and call for justice in the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd while in the custody of law enforcement officers.
It is becoming increasingly painful as we continue to view, much too often, videos of inhumane treatment of our African American men, and an increasing number of African American women.
Reasonable people have to ask- why are these killings happening with such frequency? If the truth were told, historically, the killing of Blacks at the hands of law enforcement officers is nothing new. With the advancement of technology, the world is now aware of what has been ongoing for many years. When there is no accountability for acts of injustice, unnecessary disposal of Black lives will continue.
Our communities are saddened and angry, but we must be strategic and measured. We must insist on and support legislation that will address these issues as we continue to battle such grave injustices.
The NAACP does not condone violence, but we do encourage people to fight politically by voting!
Janette Boyd Martin, President