CHICAGO – The Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus released the following statement in response to the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police:
“In solidarity with the Black community, we hold grief in our hearts over the murder of George Floyd, and the many other lives lost to racist violence. Communities of color are under attack nationwide, as the president has consistently demonstrated contempt for immigrant and non-White families. We must acknowledge that systemic racism manifests itself in brutal and agonizing ways within our economic, health care and criminal justice systems. And whatever our race, we must stand together to condemn racism in all its forms, demand accountability from police militarization which has only heightened fear in communities they are supposed to serve, and fundamentally change this tragically broken system.
“As we continue to process grief and anger, the Latino Caucus stands strong with our colleagues in the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus and with all people of color in the fight against racial injustice.”