HumanistsMN (HMN) is deeply distressed at the violent death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, while detained by members of the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). As humanists, we believe in the dignity of all human beings and in racial justice, two principles that were severely violated in this case. As a result, the Board of Directors of HMN adopts the following resolution:
RESOLVED, the Board of Directors of HMN requests that all relevant city/county, state, and federal law enforcement authorities undertake fair, independent, and thorough investigations of George Floyd’s death while in the custody of the MPD.
Pursuant to these investigations, HMN shall support any and all civil and criminal actions deemed necessary to ensure justice for the family of George Floyd and the people of Minnesota. Moreover, HMN shall endeavor to support community efforts to oppose racism in the MPD.
HMN, in acknowledgement of the historic and endemic racism of the MPD, further urges that there be a fair and independent investigation of the training, policies, procedures, and practices of the MPD in its treatment of people of color; and that pursuant to that investigation, any discriminatory policies, procedures, and practices of the MPD be remedied through appropriate discipline and programs.
May 29, 2020