'White Coats for Black Lives' sees medical professionals stand in solidarity against racial injustice

Hospital workers in Southern California and across the country are showing solidarity against racial injustice by taking part in the movement, "White Coats for Black Lives" on Friday.
ARCADIA, Calif. (KABC) -- The medical community came together Friday in a show of solidarity against racial injustice and police brutality. Workers at hospitals and clinics around the country, including Southern California, took part in the "White Coats for Black Lives" movement.

The event was in honor of George Floyd, and it supports the cause for social justice and equality.

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Methodist Hospital of Southern California in Arcadia was one of several medical centers that took part. Doctor, nurses, security personnel and administrative staff all took a knee for 8 minutes and 46 seconds -- the time the now former police officer in Minneapolis had his knee on Floyd's neck.

"No matter who you are, we all matter," said Akhere Ohiku, Methodist Hospital nurse. "Black people deserve respect just like everybody."

"It is huge, because doctors and nurses are considered to be the good people, the frontline staff trying to do wonderful things" said Dr. Bala Chandrasekhar. "And when they come out and speak in a unified voice I think it makes a big difference. I think people will listen to us."

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