The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA) ®, regarding the tragic events in Minnesota:
"The killing of George Floyd, along with other recent incidents, is heartbreaking and abhorrent. We must move toward equal justice and equal opportunity in our nation. We have come a long way, but we have far to go. Our diversity can and must be our national strength.
“We support those engaging in peaceful protest. Our First Amendment rights – whether in person or online – are a key American value. We need open and honest discussion, as it will move us forward as a nation.
“We know the vast majority of police officers are dedicated public servants doing a difficult job. We must root out the bad actors and hold them accountable. Similarly, we condemn those engaged in violence and looting, which do not advance any legitimate cause.
“We stand with those fighting racism and will use the power of innovation to educate, strengthen communities and create economic opportunity. We cannot succeed unless we move beyond our legacy of discrimination and fully use the talents of all American people.”