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Former President George W. Bush said he and former first lady Laura Bush “are anguished by the brutal suffocation of George Floyd and disturbed by the injustice and fear that suffocate our country.”
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Bush released the statement Tuesday regarding the treatment of black Americans, calling for the U.S. “to examine our tragic failures” but also for an end to looting. His comments came as demonstrations against the treatment of African Americans by police and other institutions continued in cities across the U.S. more than a week after Floyd died with an officer, who has since been charged with murder, kneeling on his neck in an incident recorded on video by a bystander.