PDAA commits to being a part of holistic and meaningful change.
We stand united with all who have condemned the heinous actions that led to the killing of George Floyd. We wholeheartedly echo the statement of the National District Attorneys Association of May 31.
Racism and bias – whether explicit or implicit – must be eliminated. We have an important role to play in eliminating them. The oath we took as District Attorneys demands that. We recognize that Mr. Floyd’s death represents larger systemic and historical issues that must be addressed. Black people must be free from fear and deserve the reality of an equitable criminal justice system, not just the intention of one. This principle must guide every step forward.
As the Pennsylvania House and Senate begin their consideration of legislation related to police reforms, the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association is committed to being a part of holistic and meaningful change. This change will require honest reflection, tough conversations, and concrete action necessary to ensure the scales of justice are balanced, no matter the color of a person’s skin. We are listening and will continue to do so. And we are committed to ensuring that creating safe communities means they must be safe for everyone.