Employees with the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office knelt for eight minutes and 46 seconds on Monday outside the Hall of Justice in honor of George Floyd — an unarmed black man who died in the custody of Minneapolis police two weeks ago.

The action, organized by the office’s Racial Justice Committee, was part of a nationwide day of solidarity involving at least 70 other public defender offices in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“Our message is clear. Stop killing us. Stop killing our children, our fathers, our mothers, our sisters,” Deputy Public Defender Phoenix Streets said. “It seems like such a simple thing to ask but such a hard thing for police to stop doing.”

Read the full article in the San Francisco Examiner, as reported by Bay City News, here.


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