PARKLAND, FL- Mayor Christine Hunschofsky and the City of Parkland are asking community members to join them in shining a light on racial injustice. Community members are encouraged to stand outside their homes on Thursday, June 4, 2020, at 8:00 p.m. for 8 min 46 seconds with a candle, light and/or sign to honor George Floyd and come together as a community to support the battle for racial equality in America.
"This is a way to stand in solidarity and shine a light on racial injustice," shared Mayor Hunschofsky, who brought up the idea at Wednesday night's Commission Meeting. The community event proposal passed unanimously. "It is a way we can be physically distanced and socially connected," added Hunschofsky.
The event is held after the death of George Floyd, who was killed by a Minneapolis Police officer last week. The officer's knee was on Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds as he pleaded for his life and another three officers stood idly next to them. Floyd's death has caused protests and riots for racial equality nationwide. All four police officers have now been arrested and charged in the death of George Floyd.
"I want the members of our community to know they are seen and heard. I want them to know we see them. We acknowledge them. We stand with them," shared Hunschofsky.
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