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Civil rights attorney demands justice for Floyd and accountability for law enforcement

Nekima Levy Armstrong, a civil rights attorney in Minneapolis, called for justice for George Floyd whose death, she said, is reflective “of decades of police abuse and neglect of the African-American community.”

“It is unfortunate that we have to be here today because another life has been taken by Minneapolis police department. It is not as if these incidents simply happen over night. What you see happening in this city, the social unrest, the civil unrest, is the result of decades of police abuse and neglect of the African-American community. As a civil rights attorney, I have joined activists in the streets for the last several years shutting things down and fighting for justice and demanding they treat us with dignity and respect our humanity. That has not been the case,” Armstrong said today at a news briefing.

Armstrong called Floyd just the “latest victim, in a series of black men who have been slain by Minneapolis Police Department officers and not one has been held accountable for killing an African-American person.”