Protestors all over the country are taking part in a stance against racism, following the tragic death of George Floyd, who was killed by Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin – now charged with second-degree murder.
The police officer, Chauvin, carelessly killed Floyd, an unarmed black man after pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes as he exclaimed “I can’t breathe” – an incident which has now become the catalyst of a global revolution. The scene, which has lit a fire under the Black Lives Matter movement around the world, also involved three other officers who are currently facing counts of aiding and abetting, with footage of the event showing them at no point intervening in the murder.
In Yorkshire, there have been demonstrations in the county’s cities and among those showing their support were Calderdale Council, who expressed solidarity by lighting up Wainhouse house, with the message that it, “opposes any discrimination, hate speech or racially motivated activity.”
The Leader of Calderdale Council, Councillor Tim Swift, said: “At a time when we should all be coming together to fight this global pandemic, the issue of racism has reared its ugly head again and divided families and cities.”
“Like many, I was shocked by the tragic and senseless murder of George Floyd; on behalf of the people of this borough of Calderdale, I offer our thoughts and sympathies to everyone affected by these awful events.
“Calderdale has always been a safe, welcoming area with many diverse and vibrant communities and we oppose any discrimination, hate speech or racially motivated activity. That is why we stand united with the Black Lives Matter movement. I am proud of the ‘policing by consent’ model on which our police forces operate and I know that our local police officers work hard to keep all our communities safe.
“It is important that we all take time to pause and reflect on the horrific death of George Floyd. Many of us will be feeling anger and sadness about what is happening in US cities now.
“It is difficult at the moment for us to show our solidarity in the traditional ways of protest as we juggle with social distancing but I would urge anyone, regardless of their race, who is upset by these events to make their voices strongly heard nonetheless in a peaceful constructive way by signing petitions, donating to charities and showing justice and kindness in all our communities.”
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