HARRISBURG - Rep. Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) released the following statement on the death of George Floyd:
“There are no words to describe the sadness I feel for the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmad Aubery, and every black man and woman who tragically and senselessly lost their life for nothing more than the color of their skin. Those who committed these heinous acts must be held accountable for their actions.
“I hear the justifiable anger and frustration and I want you to know that I will continue seeking justice and equality under the law. Sadly, there is no doubt that our criminal justice system has inherent flaws and that race is still a factor in the type of justice many receive. Unfortunately, these challenging times have exposed racial disparities in other areas many of us take for granted as well. I’ve seen it as a prosecutor, as a state representative, as a dad and as a human being. We must redouble our efforts to end the inequities.
“I join with the peaceful protesters who are taking to the streets to have their voices heard. I ask that elements from the fringes stop exploiting their efforts with rioting and looting. It dishonors those who have sacrificed so much, including these victims.
“Addressing these serious issues will require us to come together, to talk, to listen, to respect one another and to realize that our unique experiences and perspectives inform our current thinking. Through all this I remain committed to ensuring that we truly become one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Representative Todd Stephens
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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