"When George Floyd was murdered in Minnesota over a $20 bill, one year ago today, it stunned our senses and demeaned our decency. It was a spark that ignited over 400 years of kindling - the injustice of our justice system, the inherent racism and pervasive discrimination that date back to before this nation was even forged. The violation, the pain, the hypocrisy cannot be overstated, and the frustration and anger that flowed afterward was indisputably justified.
"But our history is one of people coming together and mobilizing, demanding change and effectuating reform - of striving for and realizing a more perfect union. As Mr. Floyd's daughter Gianna said, her daddy changed the world. For the last year, our mandate has been to use the energy sparked to make real, positive, and long-overdue progress happen. We can, and we will, because until the community-police relationship is rebuilt, public safety cannot be renewed, and our country cannot fully, truly recover.
"My prayers today are with George Floyd's family and his children, and all those who so deeply and personally felt his loss."