For Immediate Release, April 20, 2021

Contact:

Kierán Suckling, (520) 275-5960, ksuckling@biologicaldiversity.org

Center for Biological Diversity Statement on Guilty Verdict for Murder of George Floyd

Statement from Kierán Suckling, executive director, Center for Biological Diversity:

“Today’s verdict is a powerful crack in the walls of immunity and white supremacy empowering police to murder Black, Latinx, Pacific Islanders and Native Americans with impunity every single day. It will not give George Floyd his life back. Nor Daunte Wright, Adam Toledo or the 62 others killed by police since testimony started in Derek Chauvin’s trial March 29. But we pray it will encourage other juries to do the right thing, district attorneys to prosecute more police, and cities to rescind racist, violence-inducing police immunity laws. We desperately hope it will be a watershed moment in America’s reckoning with its systematic racism that condemns 10,000 Black people to poverty for every Black man and woman it murders.

The Center for Biological Diversity demands, and commits itself to work for, an immediate end to white supremacy and systemic racism. We condemn the anti-Black racism that killed George Floyd and remind everyone that Black Lives Matter is not a slogan but a call to action. We pledge to be that action.”

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.7 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.