The Kansas Bar Association Board of Governors is deeply distressed by the death of George Floyd. We condemn discrimination and racism in our justice system. To minority members of our communities we pledge our commitment to assist in effectuating change.
Our society and the safety of all the members of our society should rely on the rule of law. This means that our laws should apply equally to all members of our society, including law enforcement, and all must follow our laws. We should work on making our justice system to be fair and unbiased so our laws are applied equally to everyone regardless of the color of our skin. As lawyers and officers of the court, we have an ethical responsibility to aid in the administration of justice, seek improvement in the law and access to justice. We believe in equal justice, the rule of law, and due process of law for all. And because we recognize that public trust in our justice system must be earned, we are dedicated and committed to ensuring that every voice is heard.
Reforms are needed and must be introduced. The KBA will be innovative in finding, developing and pursuing justice system reforms for the benefit of our entire community. We stand ready to help with building a racism-free justice system.
Well said. As a prosecutor, I am deeply concerned about the STAIN that this activity puts on law enforcement. It is not just the actions of one cop, it is also the indifference that the other officers displayed when witnessing this illegal act. Every cop that I work with on a day to day basis was appalled at the actions of all of the officers involved. It will take years to overcome the negative emotions created by this situation.