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Alder Keith Furman

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Council President

Alder Keith Furman,
Council President

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Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
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Statement on George Floyd Murder

June 1, 2020 10:50 AM

Our nation is embroiled in deep conflict right now, resulting from injustice against people of color that goes back to our country's earliest days. There are not easy answers and the time it will take to bring about the necessary changes will not match the urgency of the need. For that reason, we cannot wait to start making real changes in our institutions, which absolutely includes the City of Madison.

Below is a statement issued by our Council President, several of my colleagues and myself. While I believe the content of the statement signals acknowledgment and solidarity, it is pointless if not accompanied by action. I am committed to listening to the voices of those who have been suffering and working in partnership to implement specific measures that will move us toward a more just and equitable Madison. I hope you will join me in supporting this work.  

As always, please reach out with questions and concerns:

-Keith F

Statement on George Floyd Murder from Council President and Alders

The Common Council denounces the Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin's action in the murder of George Floyd on May 26, 2020.  The video of the tragic killing of Mr. George Floyd played out for the world to witness. Once again, we heard the words – "I can't breathe, I can't breathe." Again, those words are met with silence by the officers' present at the scene.

We know that not all police officers are evil, but Officer Derek Chauvin's actions were deplorable, horrific, and infuriating.  We also deplore the actions of the officers who stood by, did nothing, and expect them to be held accountable as well with charges.

What we ask and expect of all police departments is to hold yourselves accountable. The community depends on the police department from the top to the bottom to act in such a way that if they see another officer doing something that is unsafe, out of standard operating procedure, unacceptable, illegal, or if someone's life is in danger because of their action - to step in and stop it.  It is not as simple as to report the incident, we want officers to take responsibility and intervene, especially if someone's life is in danger by the hands of their fellow officers and to protect and serve.

We do not need to view any more videos; we do not need to hear any more reasons as to why this has happened. We do need to add another African American to this list of injustice. George Floyd's name does not stand alone; He now joins the list of injustice - African Americans that are unarmed and have lost their lives at the hands of one of our nation's police officers. 

Today, we stand in solidarity to say no more deaths, no more additions to this rapidly growing list of names and no more excuses.  Do no more.

Ald. Sheri Carter, Common Council President
Ald. Patrick Heck, District 2
Ald. Lindsay Lemmer, District 3
Ald. Shiva Bidar, District 5
Ald. Marsha Rummel, District 6
Ald. Donna Moreland, District 7
Ald. Arvina Martin, District 11
Ald. Keith Furman, District 19

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