Rio Grande Valley District Attorney Coalition releases statement on protests

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas – The RGV District Attorney Coalition released a statement on the killing of George Floyd and the protests that followed across the country, including the Rio Grande Valley.

The RGV District Attorney Coalition, created in February 2020, is comprised of the District Attorneys from Cameron (Luis V. Saenz), Hidalgo (Ricardo Rodriguez), Starr (Omar Escobar, Jr.), and Willacy (Annette Hinojosa) Counties.

It focuses on strengthening relationships and communication between their respective offices, law enforcement, and citizens of the Rio Grande Valley, in addition to hearing questions, comments, and concerns.

Official statements:

“On Monday May 25, 2020, 46-year-old George Floyd tragically and unnecessarily lost his life,
appropriate steps are taken to ensure the effective and fair administration of justice, several issues
should be immediately addressed. On behalf of the four elected district attorneys of Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy counties, their staffs, and families, we offer our heartfelt condolences to Mr. Floyd’s young daughter, his family, his loved ones and his friends. Each of us and our staffs has taken an oath to support and protect the Texas and United States Constitution. We constantly remind ourselves and those we represent that said oath demands that see that justice is done. Every day we strive to do this fairly. No one is above the law, and one is below it. It is wrong that a helpless man was choked to death begging for his life with a knee jammed into his neck by a man who swore he would protect him and the good people of Minneapolis.

We are unaware of any known law enforcement technique or precedent that justifies Officer Derek
Chauvin holding his knee on the throat of Mr. Floyd and ignoring his pleas for help that he could not
breathe. Our colleague, and former president of the National District Attorneys Association, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman made the decision to charge Officer Chauvin with second degree murder. Be aware, this is a very quick response for an officer-involved homicide. The best and proper avenue for justice for Mr. Floyd will be in a Minnesota courtroom. Unlike an episode of Law & Order, this process takes some time. We understand the frustration, but allow our colleagues
time to do the best job they can.

Many communities, in Texas, and around the United States, are experiencing rioting and looting.
Our offices have been in contact with local law enforcement. We and all Law Enforcement agree
and will respect peaceful assemblies that are expressions of our protected constitutional rights. This
is not the case for criminality. We condemn the actions of those who defile the memory of Mr.
Floyd by committing theft, arson and violence in response to his tragic death. Bad actors will be
investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

We commend the police officers and protesters that have recognized that we are not at war. Protesters and officers all around the country have been joining hands in peacefully expressing the
desire for positive change. This is a testament to what will become Mr. Floyd’s legacy. We, all
Americans, can do better. This commitment will lead us to improve our law enforcement training,
practices, and help us realize, not just promise, equal justice for all.”

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