BOSTON, MA – According to sources close to the senator, Elizabeth Warren is planning to travel to Minneapolis to make a statement in solidarity with protesters following the May 25th, 2020 killing of George Floyd at the hands of police sometime in January 2023.
“Liz Warren is fully committed to standing with African Americans against injustice, police brutality, and economic and social inequality at a time when it becomes politically expedient and a little less dangerous,” said Roger Lau, a spokesperson for the former democratic presidential candidate. “Probably a few weeks before the 2024 presidential primaries kick off.”
Protests erupted across Minneapolis and throughout the country in the days following the death of African American George Floyd at the hands of police officers following his arrest for passing a counterfeit $20 bill. Video filmed during the arrest shows a police officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck as the man begged for air. Floyd ultimately passed away as other officers and civilians looked on.
The protests, often erupting into full-scale riots, are just the latest in a string of civil unrest resulting from the deaths of unarmed black Americans by police. In 2014, riots spread across Ferguson, Missouri after the killing of Michael Brown by local police, an uprising Warren tweeted about in 2019.
Taking a principled position on issues is nothing new for the Massachusetts senator. During the 2020 democratic primary, she swore off superPACs and big-dollar donations before welcoming a superPAC and hosting big-dollar fundraisers for democratic candidate Joe Biden, and received praise from Native American activist groups for her 2019 support of the Standing Rock Sioux during the Dakota Access Pipeline standoff of 2016 – 2017.
“She hopes that the American people understand that she has always been on the side of the oppressed, and come time for her to launch another presidential bid, everyone will know,” said Lau.
Warren intends to join fellow former candidates Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar in Minneapolis in early 2023 to condemn police brutality and call for big, structural changes to the American justice system, providing it’s still an issue democrats care about.