Police Accountability An Example for Our Nation

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 20, 2021

Contact: Joshua Harris, jharris@pgcea.org, 443.939.2043

 

Police Accountability An Example for Our Nation 

Prince George’s County, MD — PGCEA President Theresa Mitchell Dudley released the following statement today after the verdict of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derrick Chauvin was announced:

“On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, the nation watched as the jury in the George Floyd murder case rendered guilty verdicts on three counts.  The verdict, in this case, symbolizes the need for America to take a look at reforming law enforcement.  African Americans have been brutalized and killed by police across the country and there is no longer room for denial of the need for change.”

“In Prince George’s County and the state of Maryland, the need for reform is real and just as toxic as Minnesota.  Last year Prince George’s County settled with the family of William Green for $20 million after Green was shot by an officer while handcuffed in the front seat of a cruiser.  The Maryland General Assembly passed legislation this session to monitor the dollar amounts jurisdictions are paying for settlements.”

“As educators, we have a moral obligation to speak up about injustices that negatively impact our students, their families, and our communities,” said PGCEA President Theresa Mitchell Dudley.  We acknowledge the activism of our members in the Black Lives Matter in Schools movement and will continue to advocate for justice.”

 

If you would like more information or to request an interview with PGCEA President Theresa Dudley, contact Joshua Harris at 443.939.2043 or jharris@pgcea.org

 

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About PGCEA

PGCEA is an advocacy organization that actively represents classroom teachers and other instructional personnel for the purpose of negotiations over wages, terms, and conditions of employment.

PGCEA advocates for its members, and for quality public education for ALL students.