FAIRBANKS, Alaska. (KTVF) Protests around the U.S. arose after the death of George Floyd on Memorial Day in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Since then, from New York City to Utgiavik there have been protesters calling for reform and awareness to racial injustices. Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy ended his June 10 press conference addressing what happened.
"As I mentioned on the protests, as I mentioned on the First Amendment Rights, as I mentioned on the gut wrenching video on what happened to Mr. Floyd," said Dunleavy. "I think we all can do a lot better, I think we need to do a lot better to work at doing a lot better and not just hope something happens."
In Alaska specifically, numerous cities and villages saw large gatherings of people come together in solidarity. Carrying signs such as 'Black Lives Matter', and taking to public areas to display their cause. Floyd's death in the hands of police custody has created a flash point, and the video that circulated across social media provided insight to what happened.
"Many of us saw the video in which Mr. Floyd died in police custody," said Dunleavy. "We saw it, and the vast majority of us looked at that video, could barely look at that video and couldn't help but think there was a wrong done. There was an injustice done to that man."
Dunleavy said that for the state and the nation to become better, then there needs to be a dialogue. He hopes that something good can come from this tragedy.
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