CRSU Statement on Derek Chauvin Trial Verdict
We must completely re-imagine public safety by reforming current policing practices and investing in the things that communities need in order to thrive and that will reduce crime: good paying jobs, quality schools, and affordable housing. Last summer, following George Floyd’s murder, millions of Americans stepped up to proclaim that Black lives matter and to demand a society where all people are free to live and thrive. This week's verdict provides a small measure of accountability for George Floyd’s family. At the same time, it is an indictment of the law enforcement system designed to exact punishment, terror and abuse against Black and Brown people. We are going to continue to stand up and speak out to demand accountability for the murders of Daunte Wright, Adam Toledo, Christian Hall, Ricardo Munoz, Stephen Hughes, and countless others who have been murdered by the police in Pennsylvania and across the country. But even as the Chauvin verdict was being announced, police in Columbus, Ohio, shot and killed a 15-year-old girl while responding to a 911 call, a stark reminder that while Derek Chauvin was convicted, true justice has not yet been truly served. We must completely re-imagine public safety by reforming current policing practices and investing in the things that communities need in order to thrive and that will reduce crime: good paying jobs, quality schools, and affordable housing. Capital Region Stands Up’s Racial Justice in Policing Work Group is advocating to make real changes to police practices and procedures in south-Central Pennsylvania communities. Watch for details of our next monthly meeting the third Thursday in May. We also call on Senators Pat Toomey and Bob Casey to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which has already been passed by the House of Representatives. This act would ban the use of choke holds, ban no-knock warrants in federal drug cases, end "qualified immunity," which protects law enforcement officers from most civil lawsuits, and makes it easier to prosecute officers by lowering the legal standard from willfulness to recklessness. Contact Senator Pat Toomey and Senator Bob Casey today. Please join us in working toward transformative change to policing at the federal, state, and local level. Capital Region Stands Up's Racial Justice in Policing Work Group is working to make real changes to police practices and procedures in communities throughout south-central Pennsylvania. To find out how you can work to effect police reform in your community, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.