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Statement Regarding George Floyd's Murder and the Derek Chauvin Verdict

We know that our criminal legal system is infused with racism. While last week’s verdict in the Derek Chauvin case was a relief, and hopefully brings some peace to George Floyd’s family and friends, it also highlights that there is much work to be done. We acknowledge that this verdict does not change the disproportionate, devastating impact of policing and police violence that continues to wreak havoc on communities of color.  This is nothing new and we have a long way to go. Racism is pervasive in American society and continues to be evident in many of our country’s systems, decisions, actions, or lack of action by those in positions of power. Overt and covert forms of racial injustice must continue to be exposed and addressed. We are hopeful that the impact of George Floyd’s murder will not fade so quickly this time, as compared to so many similar historical occurrences. 

The Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel is dedicated to being an active participant in the discussion and fight against racial injustice.  This includes examining the ways that white supremacy is upheld in our defense community and continuously working to be an anti-racist organization. We are inspired and thankful for the ways that you, our contractors, continue to use your expertise, skill, and voice to fight.  We pledge to continue to support you in these efforts and as always, welcome your input on how we can best serve these worthy ideals of equity, racial justice, and integrity. 

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