Golden Statement on Recent Protests

June 1, 2020
Press Release

Today, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) released the following statement:

“One of the greatest things about America is that when one of us, or many, sees something that is wrong or broken, we have the freedom to speak out and to organize to try and fix it. Protests across the country are calling for action following the death of George Floyd. They are calling for accountability and for justice. It should be a simple demand that when we are confronted with an unjustified act of violence by a police officer, we see that the officer is held accountable and that justice is provided to the victims. We cannot ignore that this has not always been the case.

“No one should be held above the law. Not our leaders, not the wealthy or the privileged, and not individuals entrusted with enforcing our laws and protecting our communities. It is a basic principle of our democracy that every American should be treated equally before the law regardless of race, gender, sexual identity, economic status, or any other factor.  Anything less is an injustice and should be considered unacceptable to all of us.

“We also cannot condone violent protests and riots that bring harm to innocent men and women, damage homes and stores, and further tear apart our communities. That is sadly what the leaders of movements opposed to racial justice and equality want. They welcome the opportunity to distract from the injustice of what happened in Minneapolis, to cast blame elsewhere, and to make comparisons - no matter how false - with the hope of dividing us as individuals and as a country.

“We must be firm in calling for accountability and justice but strongly committed to achieving both through actions that represent the values and ideals we wish to stand for - not only equality, liberty, and justice for all, but also respect and dignity for every human.” - Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02)