Alabama leaders respond to the death of George Floyd, Mayor Woodfin requests flag be lowered in his memory

Minneapolis Police Death

A chain portrait of George Floyd is part of the memorial for him, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, near the site of the arrest of Floyd who died in police custody Monday night in Minneapolis after video shared online by a bystander showed a white officer kneeling on his neck during his arrest as he pleaded that he couldn’t breathe. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Alabama state leaders responded Friday afternoon to the recent arrest and killing of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis.

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin tweeted about his request for the city’s American flag to be lowered to half-staff in memory of George Floyd.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) also responded to the man’s death and that of other black people across the country. They say they are joining their allies in condemning the recent police killings of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Sean Reed, and Breonna Taylor.

We stand with millions of people across the country who are rightfully outraged by the killing of unarmed Black people, the lack of responsiveness, the lack of action, and President Trump calling for violence against those demanding justice for Mr. Floyd’s death.

Margaret Huang, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Southern Poverty Law Center

The Birmingham Fraternal Order of Police responded to the viral video on Thursday, calling for a full investigation. The graphic video of George Floyd’s death can be seen in the link above.

Just hours ago Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith, responded to the incident. Smith shared a message on Twitter Friday morning supporting Minneapolis Chief of Police Medaria Arradondo’s decision to fire four police officers involved in Floyd’s death.

As protests spark all over the nation, Birmingham residents have also taken to demonstrations. CBS 42 live-streamed the candlelight vigil and balloon release today, called by the NAACP, 100 Black Men of Birmingham, and local clergy to pray for peace, justice, and change.


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