Education Minnesota condemns death of black man in custody of Minneapolis police 


For more information, contact:
Chris Williams
651-292-4816 (work) 
651-247-5539 (cell) 

ST. PAUL, Minnesota. May 26, 2020 – Educators were grieving the death of a black man, George Floyd, on Tuesday after he died Monday in the custody of Minneapolis police officers, said Denise Specht, the president of Education Minnesota.  

A video appeared to show Mr. Floyd suffocating while a white police office kneeled on the man’s neck. 

“This is a horrifying, senseless death that shows once again the racism that black, brown and indigenous Minnesotans live with every day,” Specht said. “We anticipate our students of color will experience trauma from this killing as they did with Philando Castile, Jamar Clark and too many other black men who died in police custody. Educators will once again do our best to help our students through, but this must stop. We grieve for the family of Mr. Floyd today, but tomorrow it will be time to join together and rewrite the rules so everyone, with no exceptions, can thrive without fear, care for their families, have their voices heard, and their rights respected.” 

About Education Minnesota 
Education Minnesota is the voice for professional educators and students. Education Minnesota’s members include teachers and education support professionals in Minnesota’s public school districts, faculty members at Minnesota’s community and technical colleges and University of Minnesota campuses in Duluth and Crookston, retired educators and student teachers. Education Minnesota is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and AFL-CIO.