FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 27, 2020
Houston, TX – OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates Greater Houston Chapter (OCA-GH) is extremely saddened and troubled by the treatment rendered onto Mr. George Floyd by the Minneapolis police, and the lack of intervention by other police officers during Mr. Floyd’s arrest and subsequent death. OCA-Greater Houston stands in solidarity with the African American community, understanding that equity and equality for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) is tied to all Americans. We here at OCA-Greater Houston express our deepest sympathy for Mr. Floyd, and demand immediate investigations by federal and state agencies into Mr. Floyd’s tragic death.
On Monday night in Minneapolis, Mr. George Floyd, who was originally from Houston’s Third Ward, was pronounced dead. Video footage from bystanders showed that Mr. Floyd, who was handcuffed and was not resisting, was lying on the ground with his neck being knelt upon by a Minneapolis police officer for an extended period of time. Mr. Floyd could be heard pleading multiple times that he could not breathe, as he slowly became unresponsive. At least one other police officer failed to render aid, but instead held back other bystanders, who repeatedly asked the officers to give Mr. Floyd breathing room, to no avail. Paramedics who showed up at the scene found Mr. Floyd pulseless. Tragically, Mr. Floyd lost his life that day.
“We extend our deepest condolences to Mr. George Floyd’s family and loved ones,” said H.C. Chang, OCA-Greater Houston Chapter President. “We support our brown and black brothers and sisters, and we stand with you in solidarity. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing anti-Asian hate crimes and discrimination, we are especially aware of the sufferings and injustice across all walks of life. In advocating for our own AAPI community, we must also take active roles in defending our allies and standing up against hate and oppression and the anti-Blackness within our own communities.” OCA-GH calls on the Department of Justice and the FBI to conduct an investigation into the needless death of Mr. Floyd, and encourages advocates to leave a message with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension – who is also handling an investigation, at 651-793-7000.