April 20, 2021
Today justice was served in Minnesota, finding police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all three counts of murder and manslaughter in the May 2020 killing of George Floyd.
The verdict today was a necessary step on the road to progress and far from sufficient, we will not rest, we must continue in our fight for justice and shining a light on inequity and the call for change. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Floyd family and to the millions of American’s that took to the streets, amplified their voices and demanded justice in George Floyd’s honor.
“It was clear that our very right to breath was on trial. For too long African Americans have been subjected to the knee of injustice choking us out – in so many different ways. Today justice was served. This verdict demonstrates that a badge is never a shield for accountability!” said Rick L. Calendar, ESQ, California Hawaii State Conference NAACP President.
The call for justice has come at monumental cost, that this nation will need to begin rectifying through actions that enforce accountability for the humanity of ALL people.
Join the California Hawaii State Conference NAACP and it’s 56 Branches in the call for “Police Reform NOW” by signing the NAACP Uniformed Police Reform Petition to end qualified immunity, which protects government officials from lawsuits seeking monetary damages and the collection of data on police encounters to provide transparency and safety for our communities.
Our work is not done, we must continue the FIGHT for justice and continue to stay vigilant in the pursuit for police accountability and continue to demand #PoliceReformNOW
Founded in 1909 in response to the ongoing violence against Black people around the country, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. Our mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
In media attributions, please refer to us as the CA/HI NAACP.