Click here to read full text: Open Letter Regarding Arrests During George Floyd Protests

“We ask that you drop all charges against anyone arrested in San Francisco as part of this
national uprising. While we are encouraged by and grateful for your statements on Twitter that
your office will not be prosecuting “peaceful” protestors, we respectfully submit that this is
insufficient. We ask that you agree not to prosecute any of those arrested, regardless of
whether or not you deem their actions “peaceful.” Simply put, no one should be prosecuted or
punished for participating in the righteous uprising that has galvanized millions of Americans
(and others around the world). Qualifying certain protestors as “peaceful” and others as
“violent” only serves to divide this movement and we ask that you and your office refrain from
doing so. Additionally, you have not provided a transparent definition of the difference
between the two for purposes of your office’s discretion. Participants and leaders of this
movement are constantly engaging in a debate about proper tactics and strategies. The criminal
legal system is not an appropriate forum in which to decide these questions, and no one should
face incarceration or a criminal record for engaging in this rebellion. We are especially
dismayed to hear that your office is considering enhancing charges against several people
arrested for alleged “looting during a public health emergency.”2 Singling out certain
participants for alleged property crimes is not an appropriate response to this political crisis nor
to the public health crisis that has killed 100,000 Americans (including many Black people).

Click here to read full text: Open Letter Regarding Arrests During George Floyd Protests