On behalf of the membership of the Benjamin Franklin Reform Democratic Club, we are horrified by the brutal and shameless murder of George Floyd.
Our public leaders and the community must come together to craft laws and procedures to prevent wanton violence against members of the African-American and other communities by members of laws enforcement agencies. Real change, on a local and national level, must occur that is long-term, lasting and effective.
Using this tragedy as cover for lawlessness against businesses, private property and police officers properly performing their duty is disgraceful, undermines the cause of necessary reform, and extremely harmful to communities simultaneously ravaged the COVID pandemic.
Fueled by our commitment to change, this time of tragedy can lead to a new national conversation to honestly and thoroughly address the unresolved racial conflicts and disparities that continue to plague our nation.