In the wake of the wrongful death of George Floyd, the California Academy of PAs (CAPA) joins those calling for systemic reform on the use of deadly force by law enforcement and increased review of discriminatory practices. On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was killed while handcuffed after a police officer kneeled on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, despite Floyd gasping “I can’t breathe” and protests from observers that his life was in jeopardy.
Racism is a public health crisis. As healthcare providers, we took a professional oath to preserve the health, safety, welfare, and dignity of all human beings. CAPA has always advocated for equitable care for all, but today we especially advocate for black lives. Because they matter. It is incumbent upon all of us to work toward systemic change.