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Posted on: June 4, 2020

Statement of the Commonwealth’s Attorney on the Killing of George Floyd

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Statement of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Williamsburg and James City County on the Killing of George Floyd

As the elected Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Williamsburg and the County of James City, I stand with the other prosecutors throughout Virginia in condemning the brutal, senseless, and inexcusable killing of George Floyd.  Mr. Floyd’s death at the hands of a police officer, sworn to protect and serve all citizens, strikes at the heart of our mission as prosecutors to treat all people as equal and to see that justice is served.

Racism, bigotry, and prejudice are deplorable in any form.  These evils are particularly intolerable when they interfere with a citizen’s God given right to life and liberty.  This office rejects the use of unnecessary force by law enforcement officers against any member of our community.  I reaffirm our commitment to pursuing the zealous prosecution and punishment for those who would abuse their status as law-enforcement officers to humiliate, hurt, and kill.

Our paramount duty as prosecutors is to keep our fellow citizens safe from harm and to punish, through the rule of law, those who harm them.  We share that duty with the hard-working, self-sacrificing law-enforcement officers of this community who risk their lives to protect our citizens and who must carry the burden of making amends for the abuses not of their making, but of the worst among them.

To my fellow citizens who have peacefully protested, I share your grief and anger.  I recognize that the killing of George Floyd is but the latest unnecessary killing of a black person while under state control.  I commit this office to have honest conversations with our law-enforcement agencies and our communities to ensure that we are not just policing but that we are policing in a manner that is truly intended to protect and serve each and every one of our citizens.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”  - Edmund Burke 

I promise that under my leadership this office will redouble its efforts to apply the law fairly to all people, to root out implicit and explicit bias in our ranks, to balance consistency with empathy and to advocate for positive meaningful change to our criminal justice system where needed.

Nathan Green, Commonwealth’s Attorney


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