Evans Welcomes Arrest in George Floyd’s Death, Calls for Trump to Apologize for Encouraging Violence

May 29, 2020
Press Release

PHILADELPHIA (May 29, 2020) – Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-03) welcomed today’s arrest of the Minneapolis police officer who was seen on video kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, an African American man in custody who was pleading before he died that he couldn’t breathe.

“The arrest of the officer is an important first step. People of color need to be able to count on the police to protect and serve them the same as white Americans can. What happened to George Floyd is an outrage and disgustingly similar to what happened to Eric Garner in New York only a few years ago, and similar to far too many inexcusable deaths at the hands of a police officer. This arrest, and the firing of three other officers, seem to indicate a real chance of accountability and justice in this case. I hope and pray that will be so,” Evans said.

“President Trump has been making this situation worse. No elected official should encourage violence against their fellow Americans. He should apologize and stop trying to further divide this nation. He asked African Americans four years ago, ‘What the hell do you have to lose?’ and day after day, he keeps showing us the answer.

“What we need from our elected officials and police officers is constructive solutions to de-escalate these situations and save lives. For example, I am an original co-sponsor of Rep. Hakeem Jeffries’ bill that would forbid the use of chokeholds, the Eric Garner Excessive Use of Force Prevention Act, H.R. 4408. I urge the House Judiciary Committee to take up that bill as soon as possible.”

Evans represents Pennsylvania’s 3rd Congressional District, which includes Northwest and West Philadelphia and parts of North, South, Southwest and Center City Philadelphia.