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April 20, 2021

APLA Health Statement on the Conviction of Derek Chauvin

Media Contact:
Joe Hui
Director of Communications
jhui@aplahealth.org
213.201.1342

4.20.2021

While today’s verdict may seem like justice, it is not. Justice would have been George Floyd never dying in the first place.

“It has been less than a year since the life of Mr. Floyd was ended beneath former police officer Derek Chauvin’s knee over 9 minutes and 29 seconds while in Minneapolis police custody. Mr. Floyd’s death rightfully sparked national outrage over police brutality and systemic racism.” said Craig E. Thompson, CEO of APLA Health. “Racism continues to be the public health issue of our time. There is no question that the number of police killings of civilians in the U.S. – who are disproportionately Black and other people of color – are the result of policies and practices that enable and even encourage police violence. APLA Health refuses to believe in a future that continues to allow this to happen. We demand Federal and State common-sense legislation that will combat police misconduct, excessive force, and racial bias in policing. For police officers to have the credibility to effectively do their jobs, they have to be accountable. No one should wake up and wonder if today is the day that they or a loved one dies at the hands of police.”

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APLA Health restores dignity and trust within underserved communities by providing world-class LGBTQ+ empowering healthcare, support services, and HIV specialty care. Since 1983, APLA Health has remained steadfast in its commitment to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in our lifetime. The agency is a multi-site operation includes eight Federally Qualified health Center (FQHC) locations, serving more than 18,000 people annually in Los Angeles County, the nation’s most populous. We provide 20 different services including: medical, dental, behavioral health and HIV specialty care; PrEP counseling and management; health education and HIV prevention; and STD screening and treatment. For people living with HIV, we offer housing support; benefits counseling; home healthcare; and the Vance North Necessities of Life Program food pantries; among several other critically needed services. Additionally, we are leaders in advocating for policy and legislation that positively impact the LGBTQ+ and HIV communities and conduct community-based research on issues affecting the communities we serve. For more information on APLA Health visit https://aplahealth.org.

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