George Floyd’s slaying and Ives addresses violent aftermath
On Sunday, Jeanne Ives’ congressional campaign issued a press release on George Floyd and violence in Chicago. On Wednesday, Congressman Sean Casten issued a 7-part tweet which is transcribed after the Ives’ release:
Ives’ Statement on George Floyd’s Death and Chicago Riots
May 31, 2020 –This weekend, riots broke out in most of our major cities – including Chicago – in response to the apparent murder of George Floyd. Jeanne Ives, a candidate for Congress (IL-06), released the following statement:
“There is no reason for Mr. Floyd to be dead. None. Four policemen. One suspect. A suspected non-violent crime. No weapon present. The police involved were inept and cruel and cowards. This is obviously a crime and anyone who saw the video clearly saw a man pleading to breathe and the policeman crushing him instead. I understand the anger over this. I am angry about it.
“In response to Mr. Floyd’s death, violence, arson and theft has erupted in our major cities. These are criminal acts, in some cases perpetrated by opportunistic violent people outside of the community. Those who commit these crimes must be prosecuted. Lawlessness of any sort cannot be tolerated. The riots represent a failure of leadership to prevent serious wrong-doing. Despite the show of force by the Chicago Police Department, police cars were burned and smashed, and unbelievably, Chicago police officers were dragged down the street by rioters. These actions show how little control elected leaders have over their city.
“Our leaders must take control of the situation at hand. In the long run, it is also imperative to re-evaluate the policies that have led Chicago to this moment. If we are ever to heal and move forward, it will require leaders to work across the aisle, across the city and across the nation to rebuild trust that has been destroyed. Most of all, it will require consistent principles and moral strength to uphold and apply the law and public policies equally in all situations.
“Saturday was a day of contrasts in America. As Americans soared into space showcasing our country’s great achievements in technology, science, and business, other Americans escalated peaceful protests over an unjust death to violence and anarchy. Our future lies in supporting the former and abolishing the latter.”
Congressman Sean Casten’s Twitter thread from his congressional Twitter account, which was finished at 4PM CDT on June 3, transcribed for ease of reading:
“As a white man, I will never fully understand the pain black Americans are feeling and have felt for generations. But what I do understand, is that those demonstrating are showing us the depth of the pain across our country from the years of systemic racism at every level of society and our failure to provide equal justice before the law.
“I understand that our constitution guarantees the right to assemble, and that Congressman John Lewis (D, GA) did not dedicate his career to fighting for equality just to have the President assault peaceful protesters with tear gas and rubber bullets.
“I understand that what happened to George Floyd was not an anomaly. His death was part of a pattern—years and years of police brutality, systematic oppression, and painful inaction.
“For too long, injustices against people of color have persisted & the brutal murders of George Floyd & Breonna Taylor are just the latest in our long national history of oppression—from slavery to Jim Crow to denial of the right to vote that persists even today.
“I understand we must act now to address the root causes of inequities & reform our justice system so it works for every American. We must take this moment & transform it into effective action to address racism, to promote justice & to ensure equal protection under the law.
“So while I will never fully understand, I stand with black Americans across this country demanding change.”