To Our Communities:
The conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the 2020 murder of George Floyd is an indelible reminder that accountability matters for victims, communities, and society.
Tuesday’s verdict offers a moment of respite and hope after months of protests, anxiety, and fear that justice might not be served. We know much more needs to be done to ensure that no more lives are lost as tragically, senselessly, and unjustly as George Floyd’s and so many others that have gone before him. Our hearts and prayers remain with the family of George Floyd as they continue to grieve the loss of their father, brother, and friend.
Chauvin’s conviction will not restore what Floyd’s family has lost, nor will it heal the trauma we collectively endured in witnessing his murder. However, it does serve as a signal to the institution of policing that the blatant disregard of Black lives and people of color will no longer be tolerated.
We stand and will work with activists, organizations, and elected officials who are committed to re-imagining public safety and the justice system in Connecticut. The anti-racist future we strive for is one where public safety and systems of justice honor and protect Black lives and people of color.