After Death of George Floyd, Statement from Legislator Williams on County Legislature Condemning Police Brutality

Onondaga County Legislator Vernon Williams (D) 16th District was the lead sponsor of the attached resolution that was unanimously approved by the legislature yesterday by a vote of 17-0. Onondaga County Resolution-George Floyd

“Police Brutality and systemic racism have plagued our country for too long. This is a violation of human rights and our community is justifiably outraged” said Legislator Williams.

“I know this is not the end and to some may be small, but today I was proud to introduce this resolution in the County Legislature. I felt it was important that as a County government we make it clear where we stand in this moment of time. This is just the beginning of real conversations about racism and racially motivated incidents that occur in our Country and County. As a County Legislator, I will be using my office to make the change needed when it comes to racism within our communities.”

As the resolution states, police brutality is one of the leading causes of death of young black men in this country. A University of Michigan study found it to be the 6th leading cause of death right after cancer. Their study goes on to find that about 100 in 100,000 black men and boys are killed by police during their lives, while 39 white men and boys per 100,000 are killed by police. This means black men are more than 2.5 times more likely to be killed by police than white men.

The resolution was put together on short notice in response to current events by Legislators Williams, Kuhn, and Democratic Floor Leader Linda Ervin.