Archbishop of America Epidophoros Criticizes Police Actions in Minneapolis Death

Archbishop of America Epidophoros has weighed in on the ongoing controversy surrounding the Monday, May 25, death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Floyd died after being restrained by police, with pictures from the scene showing a police officer placing his knee on Floyd’s neck.

“Violence only breeds violence, but when such violence is perpetrated by those in authority, we must all stand up and say: ‘Not on our watch!’ We must stand against racism and stand for equality for all,” Epidophoros tweeted on Friday.

In other news related to the riots that followed the death of Floyd, Greek-American CNN news producer Bill Kirkos was arrested on Friday by the Minnesota State Patrol, along with the news crew, as they sought to cover ongoing violence on the streets of Minneapolis.

CNN officials reported later on Friday that the CNN crew, which also included reporter Omar Jimenez and photojournalist Leonel Mendez, were released within hours of their arrest.

Kirkos, Jimenez, and Mendez were seen being led away in handcuffs, while live on air.

The Minnesota State Patrol released a statement on Friday saying the news crew was arrested as troopers were “clearing the streets and restoring order,” noting that the CNN staff “were released once they were confirmed to be members of the media.”