Rep. Brostoff Statement on George Floyd and Justice
MILWAUKEE – Rep. Jonathan Brostoff (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement in response to the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25 and the nationwide uprisings for justice that have sprung up in the days since:
“George Floyd should be alive today. Full stop. His unwarranted and inhumane killing at the hands of a Minneapolis Police officer, while three other officers stood by and did nothing, continues a horrifying and unjust pattern of police violence against Black people in the United States. But his death lit a spark that has inspired millions to rise up, and demand an end to systemic racism and structural violence in our country.
Some in our communities decry the disruptions that these uprisings have brought, and long for the so-called ‘peace’ that preceded the protests. But what value is there in an illusory ‘peace’ for some of our neighborhoods, while horrific, structural violence plagues others? There is no peace without justice! In the absence of true justice in our society – racial, economic, and structural – ‘peace’ is nothing more than a buzzword bandied about by those who live comfortably, untouched by the systemic violence that lurks below the surface every single day.
And so again, I want to return to the idea of ‘peace.’ We will have peace not when riot police, the national guard, or the military patrol our streets and repress protests, but only when we see justice served, from top to bottom. We need to center justice, not punishment, in our criminal justice and law enforcement systems. We need an end to the militarization and proliferation of police in our communities of color. And we need to tackle the legacy of systemic racism in this country.
Milwaukee – Chief Morales is up for review on July 16, and the Fire and Police Commission is looking for community input. Now is the time to make our voices heard, and let them know loudly and clearly that in order to create peace in Milwaukee, we must center justice.”
- 300 Days of Black Lives Matters Protests - Isiah Holmes - Mar 29th, 2021
- Murphy’s Law: 8 Ways Police Mishandled Protests - Bruce Murphy - Mar 24th, 2021
- Milwaukee Police Helped Patrol Tosa Protests? - Isiah Holmes - Mar 17th, 2021
- Evers Reflects on Year of Pandemic, Protests - Shawn Johnson - Dec 28th, 2020
- The Year of the National Guard - Jenny Peek - Dec 28th, 2020
- Baldwin Questions U.S. Marshall’s Role in Tosa Protests - Isiah Holmes - Dec 19th, 2020
- Op Ed: Vote No on COPS Grant - Markasa Tucker - Dec 18th, 2020
- People’s Revolution Marks 200 Days of Protest - Graham Kilmer - Dec 15th, 2020
- Supervisor Clancy Applauds Activists on 200th Day of Protests - Sup. Ryan Clancy - Dec 14th, 2020
- The “Molotov Cocktail” That Wasn’t - Jeramey Jannene - Oct 23rd, 2020
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