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Statement from H&F Leader Cllr Stephen Cowan

The appalling killing of George Floyd on 25 May, a 46-year-old black resident of Minnesota, by a Minneapolis police officer is all the more painful coming after so many others:

Breonna Taylor in Louisville on 13 March 2020; Stephon Clark in Sacramento on 18 March 2018; and 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland on 22 November 2014, are just a few of the many instances of black Americans killed by police officers.

It is an outrage. We stand in solidarity with people protesting around the world striving for change.

The situation in the United States brings the prejudices, indignities, injustices, and racism suffered closer to home into sharper focus. I reaffirm our borough’s determined commitment to fight those ills wherever and whenever they occur.

We are proud of Hammersmith & Fulham’s long history of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic diversity. It is our strength.

On Friday, the Town Hall will be floodlit in purple light as a message to people everywhere – particularly those in authority – that Hammersmith & Fulham takes the knee and says with one voice that Black Lives Matter.