Rep. Zamarripa Statement on Protests
“Anger, fear, sadness—it’s been hard not to let these feelings overwhelm us as the nation watched another black man die at the hands of law enforcement. George Floyd should be alive today, but instead, he is a symbol of injustice and the systemic racism that pervades our country.
“When you live your life as a person of color, the suspicion of authority, the otherness you’re made to feel, the message that your safety and well-being is less important than a white person, all of this can chip away at your sense of self. What we want most is to be heard, to have our experience understood rather than dismissed, and for that to translate to real action.
“The protests that have taken place throughout Wisconsin reflect all of that, and while they have remained largely peaceful, businesses have been targeted and vandalized. While I condemn violence of any kind, we must not let the actions of a destructive few obscure the fact that a man is dead who should not be. I thank all those who have passionately and peacefully demonstrated for justice and made their voices heard, the countless volunteers who have cleaned up and shown up for their communities, and to the many leaders who have thoughtfully responded to this movement.
“This anger, fear and sadness will not defeat me, and I know it will not defeat Milwaukee. By and large, what I see on the streets and online is a reckoning with our country and our deeply entrenched views. I see a call to action that will not and cannot be ignored. While this will be an ongoing struggle with uncomfortable truths and hard work, I see hope for a better tomorrow.”
- Op Ed: Chauvin Verdict Offers Glimmer of Hope - Angela Lang and Milwaukee BLOC Team - Apr 25th, 2021
- Protesters Rally After Chauvin Verdict - Graham Kilmer - Apr 21st, 2021
- Supervisor Taylor Statement on Derek Chauvin Guilty Verdict - Sup. Sequanna Taylor - Apr 21st, 2021
- Accountability should not be such a rare commodity - Ald. Milele Coggs - Apr 21st, 2021
- Statement on the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial - Ald. Chantia Lewis - Apr 20th, 2021
- Statement from Milwaukee Police Department on Derek Chauvin Verdict - Milwaukee Police Department - Apr 20th, 2021
- Live Stream From Justice 4 George Floyd Rally - Urban Milwaukee - Apr 20th, 2021
- Gov. Evers Releases Statement on Verdict in Chauvin Trial - Gov. Tony Evers - Apr 20th, 2021
- County Executive David Crowley Statement on Derek Chauvin Trial Verdict - County Executive David Crowley - Apr 20th, 2021
- Sheriff Earnell R. Lucas Statement on the Verdicts in the Chauvin Trial - Earnell Lucas - Apr 20th, 2021
Read more about 2020 Racial Justice Protests here