Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D-VA) on Tuesday took aim at fellow Democrats who he said gave him “no due process” when he was accused of sexual assault by two women. Fairfax then compared his treatment to that of Emmett Till and George Floyd, who both died before any arrests were made.
NBC News reported that Fairfax, appearing at the state’s Democratic gubernatorial debate Tuesday night, responded to a question about police reform and the rush to judgment.
“The murder of George Floyd was horrific,” Fairfax said, according to NBC. “But it recalls a history in Virginia and in our nation where African Americans, in particular African American men, are presumed to be guilty, are treated inhumanely, are given no due process and have their lives impacted, in some cases taken away in an instant.”
Fairfax added that he was “falsely accused” of sexual assault.
“Everyone here on the stage called for my immediate resignation, including Terry McAuliffe three minutes after a press release