Jim Oberweis’ statement on the unjust slaying of George Floyd
June 1, 2020
For Immediate Release
Sugar Grove, IL – In light of the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the subsequent protests that have turned violent, Jim Oberweis is issuing the following statement.
“There is no question that George Floyd was the victim of a heinous crime. The officers who took an oath to uphold the law abandoned their oath and became violent criminals, and because of their actions, an unarmed person was tragically and unnecessarily killed in their custody. The video from the incident is hard to watch. It is barbaric and horrifying.
It is understandable that this disturbing incident would spawn protests and demonstrations. Decent people understand that what is depicted in that video is an unspeakable miscarriage of justice and citizens do not deserve to be treated the way those officers treated George Floyd.
I support the right of Americans to demonstrate and protest peacefully, but I unequivocally reject the notion that rioting and looting in our communities is an acceptable response to Floyd’s death. Innocent people are getting hurt and innocent lives are being destroyed. Fighting injustice with more injustice is the wrong response. The need for accountability from both the death of George Floyd and the rioters and looters is something with which we should all agree.”