Local organizer calls for action in wake of George Floyd’s death

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – It’s still hard to watch what happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis last week, when former police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.

Floyd was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

“This isn’t just one incident,” community organizer Shaundel Spivey said. “It continues to happen even after we have conversations about fixing it.”

Like the rest of the country, the death of Floyd struck a nerve for many in our community as well.

“I think people at this moment are tired, and frustrated, and want more to happen,” Spivey said.

Spivey says he supports the protests happening in La Crosse.

“They’re exercising their right to, you know, feel and to be seen, and to essentially give voice to an issue that La Crosse often times probably would’ve been silent about,” Spivey said.

So far, the protests in La Crosse have been peaceful, but not in cities like Madison and Minneapolis.

Spivey says its easy for people to focus on these violent events, but doesn’t think we’re addressing police brutality enough.

“We should be focusing on what solutions can we come to the table with and actively implement so that protests, and rioting and looting doesn’t have to happen,” Spivey said.

He says racism is not a one-city issue.

“La Crosse has gotta wake up just like everybody else in this nation,” Spivey said.

And solutions to racism, he says, start with the city’s leaders.

“It’s important for us to look at our neighbors and see respect, and not feel fear,” Spivey said.

Spivey is also the president and founder of Black Leaders Acquiring Collective Knowledge. They’re always looking for those wanting to get involved. For more information, just visit their website.