Last Monday, Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer, who held his knee on the dying man’s neck for close to 10 minutes. Outrage over the death, coupled with the recent deaths of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky., led to nationwide protests.
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Protesters were active downtown as protests continued for a fourth day on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Atlanta. Protests over the death of George Floyd continued around the United States. Ben Gray for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Many of the protests in major cities, including Atlanta, saw some riots and looting. One of the officers involved in Floyd’s death has been charged with second-degree murder, and arrest warrants were issued on Wednesday for the other three for aiding and abetting a murder.
“Our hearts are with the victims’ families and all who feel hopeless in the face of pervasive racial discrimination and outright cruelty,” Carter said. “We all must shine a spotlight on the immorality of racial discrimination. But violence, whether spontaneous or consciously incited, is not a solution.”
Carter, who grew in rural Plains, recalled firsthand the impact of segregation and injustice on African Americans and said that as governor and president, he had a responsibility to bring equity to the state and the country.
“Since leaving the White House in 1981, Rosalynn and I have strived to advance human rights in countries around the world. In this quest, we have seen that silence can be as deadly as violence,” said Carter, who was elected president in 1976. “People of power, privilege, and moral conscience must stand up and say ‘no more’ to a racially discriminatory police and justice system, immoral economic disparities between whites and blacks, and government actions that undermine our unified democracy. We are responsible for creating a world of peace and equality for ourselves and future generations.”