(TRENTON) – In response to the death of George Floyd, an unarmed African American who died while in police custody, Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D-Essex, Morris) released the following statement:
“We’ve felt these emotions too many times before. Shock. Outrage. Hurt. Grief. We want to believe it will never happen again, and then, painfully, it does.
“I desperately wish we knew George Floyd’s name because of his character, his accomplishments, or his place in his community. Instead, we know his name because of his agonizing final moments. I’d give anything for this not to be the case.
“This tragedy impacts us all, not just Minneapolis or the black community. We are all hurting, and we all will need healing, again.
“My heart goes out to the Floyd family and the residents of Minneapolis. I hope that our nation’s shared grief brings greater awareness and encourages action, compassion and justice for George Floyd.”