The nine Judges of Washington Supreme Court issued a letter following the demise of George Floyd, an African American who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. The letter states that the “recent events have brought to the forefront of our collective conscience a painful fact that is, for too many of our citizens, common knowledge: the injustices faced by black Americans are not relics of the past”. George’s death sparked violent protests across the United States.

They also acknowledged that the injustice and discrimination against black Americans is not a recent event. The letter further urges the whole Legal community and Judiciary to cooperate by saying “We call on every member of our legal community to reflect on the moment and ask ourselves how we may work together to eradicate racism”. The statement also appeals to each individual to take responsibility and work jointly in eliminating the injustices against the Black Americans. 

Chief Justice Debra L. Stephens, and Justices Charles W. Johnson, Barbara A. Madsen, Susana Owens, Steven C. Gonzalez, Sheryl Gordon McCloud, Mary I. Yu, Raquel Montoyo – Lewis and G. Helen Whitener, signed and concluded the letter by stating the following:

“We go by the title of “Justice”, and we reaffirm our deepest level of commitment to achieving justice by ending racism”.

(By – M. Soujanya)