In Wake of George Floyd’s Death, Lowey Statement Joining Congressional Push to Eradicate Police Brutality and Condemn the president’s Failed Leadership and Continued Incitement of Violence

June 1, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after President Trump demanded governors use violence against protestors exercising their right to call for justice for George Floyd and an end to police brutality:   

“Spreading hate. Inciting violence. Creating chaos. Pointing fingers. Those are the dangerous and un-American actions of the president at a time of crisis when we desperately need leadership that paves the way for justice.

“Yet the president fomented anger and hate again today even as George Floyd’s family released the results of an independent autopsy that shouldn’t have been needed.

“We know why George Floyd died. He died of police brutality. He died of racism. He was killed, and we all have a right to be angry and the responsibility to ensure justice.

“I grieve his death with all those taking to the streets—this evening in Nyack and White Plains—and all across this country. His unnecessary death is the latest that we know of in a tragically long history of death as a result of police brutality and racism that disparately harms black members of our community.

"It’s critical that the calls for justice—not only over the last few days—but over several years, translate into concrete actions that set our nation on an equitable path where we may all live without fear. I am committed to supporting legislation in the House of Representatives to stop the injustices against black communities and other marginalized communities across this country.”