Attorney General Ellison: Two years later, Congress must pass George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

On second anniversary of Floyd’s death, states, ‘True public safety and true accountability are not mutually exclusive; in fact, they go hand in hand’

May 25, 2022 (SAINT PAUL) — Today, on the second anniversary of the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison issued the following statement: 

On the second anniversary of George Floyd’s death, my thoughts are once again with the victims of this terrible crime: George Floyd and his family.

Anniversaries are a cause for looking back and looking forward. Minnesota and America have made some progress in policy and legislation toward making policing more just and communities safer for everyone. Juries and our legal system have shown police officers can be held accountable when they break the law. That is good, and more needs to be done.  

Above all, Congress must do its part and pass the common-sense George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. It has been languishing for far too long and Americans everywhere are counting on Congress to pass it to keep them safer. Current concerns about public safety need not derail it, because true public safety and true police accountability are not mutually exclusive: in fact, they go hand and in hand. We cannot have one without the other. 

On this sad anniversary, I lift up the Floyd family and everyone in every profession and walk of life — including law enforcement — who is working for just, constitutional policing and safer communities for everybody, no exceptions. That world is within reach, but only if we all do our part and act.