Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been found convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd. We believe that justice has been served regarding the facts of Mr. Floyd’s death.
George Floyd’s death has brought to the surface the history of systemic racism in the United States. We are all walking on a tightrope of polarization, mistrust, and failure to love one’s neighbor. We call for peaceful demonstrations and for our leaders to move forward with a message of calm and hope.
As majority white communities of religious sisters in the United States, we recommit ourselves to prayer, self-examination, and advocacy. We also call for fundamental reform in the way policing is done in the United States.
We pray for healing for the Floyd and Chauvin families, all law enforcement officers, The Twin Cities, our nation and world. We call for and commit to REAL change to bring REAL peace, the peace that comes when each and every human life is treated with respect and every person is recognized and embraced as a precious child of God.