As thousands continue to take to the streets across the US to protest the killing of an unarmed black man, many of the country’s Catholic bishops have joined the calls for justice.
“The outrage around the death of George Floyd is understandable and justice must be served,” Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila said in a May 30 statement referencing the killing of the 46-year-old Floyd, whose last moments of life were recorded on a widely disseminated video showing a white police officer in Minneapolis pushing down on his neck with his knee on May 25. Floyd was later pronounced dead.
Four officers from the Minneapolis Police Department were fired May 26, including Derek Chauvin, with whom Floyd pleaded “Please, I can’t breathe” as he held him down. Chauvin is facing third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges.