Gov. Sisolak addresses racial injustices and recent protests

Published: Jun. 5, 2020 at 9:35 AM PDT
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Gov. Steve Sisolak and elected leaders are addressing the recent protests over the killing of George Floyd and the systematic racism and injustice Black and minority communities face.

Gov. Sisolak was joined by Attorney General Aaron Ford, Nevada State Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson and Assemblywoman Daniele Monroe-Moreno at the Grant Sawyer State Office Building in Las Vegas.

"So don't tell me this is just about police training. There is ingrained and instilled racism in our society that we have to un-root," Attorney General, Aaron Ford, said.

Ford said the focus should be kept on the Black Live Matter movement and what it is trying to accomplish.

"Let's be sure we keep our eye on the prize here and not be distracted by those who don't really want to see progress. I'm not going to let it happen. You are not going to shut me up. And I'm going to continue to work so that my sons, everybody's sons and daughters are treated equally under the law," Ford said.

Assemblywoman Daniele Monroe-Moreno said the change must start at home.

"People come to us with learned and lived experiences and it's hard for police departments to change what has been ingrained in them from their families. I can't legislate against that," she said.

Sisolak pointing out that the Silver State still has a long way to go when it comes to ending racism.

"I was in the governor's mansion when that happened and those militia members or whatever you want to call them, carrying AR-15's and AK-47's," he said. "If these young black men would have done that protesting out here the past few days would have done that, what do you think would have happened? They can't carry a backpack but it was okay for 200 people outside of my house carrying AR-15's and AK 47's."

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