‘It is white people who need to do more’: Maura Healey calls for officers to be charged in George Floyd’s death

“We are all capable of racism. And we are also capable of anti-racism.”

A portrait of George Floyd hangs on a street light pole as officers stand guard at the 3rd Precinct police station, Wednesday in Minneapolis. –Stephen Maturen / Getty Images

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said Friday that the Minneapolis police officers involved in the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in their custody, should be charged.

Charge George Floyd’s killers now,” she wrote on Twitter.

Her statement follows days of demonstrations in Minneapolis, which have turned violent, calling for the officers to be charged. Boston Police Commissioner William Gross spoke out against Floyd’s death on Thursday, saying he supported the firing of the officers involved in the deadly arrest. 

“I’m heartbroken,” Healey wrote in her Twitter thread. “I’ve seen the killings of Black people, the anti-Asian violence, food pantry lines in Chelsea, the lack of masks for workers of color. We have policies to pass. Poverty to alleviate. Presidents to remove. In all of this, it is white people who need to do more.”

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Healey urged everyone to “do better” to push for change and accept criticism.

We are all capable of racism,” she wrote. “And we are also capable of anti-racism.”

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