District Attorney Sim Gill joins 39 prosecutors nationwide to condemn murder of George Floyd

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4-News) – District Attorney Sim Gill joined 39 other prosecutors to condemn the death of George Floyd and push for police reforms.

“We all came together to talk about the need for police reform, the need for prosecutor reform, the need for community dialogue in light of the death of George Floyd.” –Sim Gill

In a press release sent to ABC4 News, it said the prosecutors “condemned the needless and tragic murder of George Floyd” and demanded that all prosecutors and law enforcement leaders take immediate action to address racially-biased policing and police use of excessive force.

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A chain portrait of George Floyd is part of the memorial for him, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, near the site of the arrest of Floyd who died in police custody Monday night in Minneapolis after video shared online by a bystander showed a white officer kneeling on his neck during his arrest as he pleaded that he couldn’t breathe. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

“Justice, fairness, equality, and truth are not mere words but are instead the ideals and promises of a free American society,” said District Attorney Gill. “As the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others demonstrate—and as this weekend’s nationwide protests echoed—there is a long-standing history and practice in this country of the state perpetrating violent abuse against, and painful neglect for, communities and people of color. Only by working actively to rid our society and systems of structural racism will we be able to meaningfully start down the path of justice for our most alienated brothers and sisters.”

“If somebody thinks that there are communities of color and communities of poverty who have not been disproportionately impacted by the exercise of power we have within our criminal justice system is fooling themselves…So what we are saying is, that whether we are talking about the use of force, whether we are talking about the way that we charge individuals, the way that the criminal justice system is applied, needs to be looked at in a reform. ” –Sim Gill

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The prosecutors including Gill are calling for several key reforms, including increased accountability and transparency for law enforcement, strengthened policies, and consistent oversight for body-worn cameras and police use of force.

They also call for the development of national databases to help identify and discharge problematic officers.

A protester carries the carries a U.S. flag upside down, a sign of distress, next to a burning building Thursday in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The statement also calls on all elected prosecutors to no longer seek or accept endorsements or contributions from police departments or unions, and to commit themselves to a “fundamental reimagining of the justice system to prioritize fairness, equity and community well being.”

You can download the full statement here:

Protests over the George Floyd’s death have erupted all over the world. Here in Salt Lake City the State Capitol was vandalized, windows broken, and a police car burned.

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