Statement on the Deaths of Adam Toledo and Daunte Wright
On March 29th, Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old Latino boy, was brutally shot to death by a white policeman in Chicago, IL while he was trying to comply with the officer’s orders to raise his hands. A few days later on April 11th, Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, was fatally shot in Minneapolis, MN after being pulled over for driving with an expired license plate--only ten miles from where Derek Chauvin is on trial for the murder of George Floyd.
APAMSA mourns for these unnecessary deaths, and we condemn these acts of police brutality. As discussed in a previous statement, APAMSA stands firmly with the Black and Brown communities during these heartbreaking times. We will not forget the pain from the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Ahmaud Arbery; from the murders of Angelo Quinto and Christian Hall from our own communities; and the suffering that white supremacy has caused us all. We recognize that systemic racism is a public health threat, pledge to learn more about these issues that threaten the well-being of marginalized communities, and will continue to fight against all forms of racism.
Black Lives Matter.