June 10: Rev. VanHook appears on Voting Issues in USA. Episode #91 of Sree’s daily global show:
On May 25th, George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis police officers. For seven minutes, George laid on the street while officers Derek Chauvin and Tou Thao held their knee on his neck as he was struggling to breathe. He lost consciousness and yet they continued to strangle him. After the murder, officers called his death a “medical problem.” This was a blatant and disgusting cover up to prevent accountability for their brutal act of police violence. Police continue to hunt down Black folks in cities across America and we refuse to sit silent!
Rev. VanHook comments on the murders of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery:
Dear Mayor Jacob Frey and County Attorney Michael Freeman,
I am outraged and disturbed by the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police Department officers.
For seven minutes, George Floyd and bystanders cried out and pleaded for his life as your officers choked him to death in broad daylight. This is an act of police violence committed on an innocent, unarmed Black man. No one deserves what happened to George. And it’s up to you to grant justice.
I’m calling on you, the Mayor, to 1) block their pensions and 2) ban them from becoming police officers ever again. And County Attorney Freeman must immediately charge all four officers with murder. We’re counting on you to secure justice for his family.