GOVERNOR IVEY ISSUES STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO BIRMINGHAM PROTESTS

Kay Ivey

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a statement on protests against police brutality in Birmingham on Monday.

“Like so many others throughout the country and around the world, I, too, was shocked and angered by the tragic actions that led to the senseless death of George Floyd last week in Minneapolis,” Ivey said. “It is a death that should have never happened, and it is a tragedy for which that too many people, especially African Americans, are all too familiar.”

Ivey said she encourages peaceful protesting as a response to the “natural anger and frustration” many felt in the wake of Floyd’s death.

Ivey also agreed with Alabama Rep. John Lewis, who condemned violent protests this weekend.

“Congressman Lewis marched alongside other Alabamians who would go on to become heroes of the movement.  They were young, brave and determined. Many were beaten, arrested and jailed,” Ivey said.  “But they all — Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Ralph David Abernathy, Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, attorney and civil rights activist Fred Gray and others – led the fight for change in a peaceful way.”

Ivey ended her statement warning violent protestors that Alabama cities would not be a target for riots.

“What I saw happen last night in Birmingham was unbecoming of all those who have worked to make Birmingham the great city it is.  Going forward, this cannot be tolerated,” Ivey said. “State assets are available to any local government that makes the request. We will show respect to ourselves and to each other through this process.”

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