From President of the country to president of universities comment on George Floyd’s death
Published 3:19 pm Tuesday, June 2, 2020
From staff reports
WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed George Floyd and the violence facing communities nationwide on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom,
“We need to be unified in our condemnation of what happened to George Floyd, but we also need to be unified in our condemnation at this random violence, which is hurting innocent people and causing chaos in our communities,” Cornyn said.
“Not only should we demand justice for George Floyd, we should demand justice for these innocent victims of this agitation, this chaos, and the looting that we are seeing,” Cornyn said.
President Donald J. Trump addressed the nation on Monday evening.
“My Administration is fully committed that for George and his family, justice will be served. He will not have died in vain. But we cannot allow the righteous cries of peaceful protesters to be drowned out by an angry mob,” Trump said. “Innocent people of have been savagely beaten, like the young man in Dallas, Texas, who was left dying on the street. Or the woman in upstate New York, viciously attacked by dangerous thugs. Small business owners have seen their dreams utterly destroyed. New York’s Finest have been hit in the face with bricks. Brave nurses, who have battled the virus, are afraid to leave their homes. A police precinct station has been overrun. Here in the nation’s capital, the Lincoln Memorial and the World War Two Memorial have been vandalized. One of our most historic churches was set ablaze. A federal officer in California, an African-American enforcement hero, was shot and killed.”
Trump continued, “These are not acts of peaceful protest. These are acts of domestic terror.”
Lamar University issued a statement as well:
The death of George Floyd is an unspeakable tragedy. We grieve the senseless loss of life and the tumultuous events occurring across our great nation while striving to be a place of unity, peace and most of all inclusion.
This incident is most troubling to a university like Lamar University where we strive to be more diverse. We believe inclusion enhances education, cultivates open-mindedness, tolerance and appreciation and ultimately better prepares our students for the world around them.
Therefore, during this time of intense turmoil and pain, all within the Lamar University community – students, faculty, staff, alumni – must unite in respect for one another and support one another thoughtfully. Listen and seek to understand the anger and pain our fellow Cardinals are feeling. Only together can we solve problems of injustice.
While we have not had a similar event, the tragic outcome does suggest how we view the legitimacy of what transpired. Therefore collectively, let’s resolve to create a more peaceful world, where understanding and compassion conquer racism and ignorance.
“George Floyd was a human being and his treatment while in police custody was intolerable. It is up to the whole community of Minneapolis to hold the responsible police officers accountable to the full extent of the law. I look forward to justice in the courts for his killer and hopefully for those officers who enabled the act—an act that is not part of legitimate police training anywhere, an act of cruelty and lethality . . . an act of murder,” Kim Ogg, Harris County District Attorney, said. “I saw Friday’s protests in Houston and witnessed a legitimate complaint brought by a grieving crowd with a First Amendment right who want to stop the bloodshed. They showed great restraint and I commend all peaceful protestors. Likewise, the police showed great discipline and, in the face of verbal abuse from some, turned the other cheek. Our prosecutors were in position, at the scene, and at our Intake Division, to respond to police when violent and disruptive individuals were arrested. We sought, along with HPD Chief Acevedo, the lowest possible number of arrestees. The result was far fewer arrests than initially reported by the media. Charges ranged from obstruction of a highway to assault on a peace officer.”