June 5, 2020

Say His Name: George Floyd

By Glenn

“As the former Chief of Police in Sherman, and now the Sheriff of Grayson County, I have always held firm to the belief that every officer involved in a situation requiring an investigation deserves due process and I withhold my final opinion until a thorough investigation is completed. But, in the case of George Floyd, through the video evidence I have seen, video evidence that sickens me, I do not believe any investigation can conclude anything other than Mr. Floyd’s death is the direct result of the actions of the officer(s) impeding his ability to breathe. These officer(s), and any officer who knowingly stood by and did nothing, should be charged to the fullest extent of the law.” Tom Watt, Grayson County Sherriff

“There is no need to see more video. There no need to wait to see how “it plays out”. There is no need to put a knee on someone’s neck for NINE minutes. There IS a need to DO something. If you wear a badge and you don’t have an issue with this…turn it in.” David Roddy, Police Chief, Chattanooga, TN

“When I first watched the video of the Minneapolis officer, I didn’t need to wait for more information to come in. I didn’t need to wait for the investigation to conclude before I made an assessment,” Ziman wrote on Facebook. “When you place your knee on the neck of a human being for over eight minutes – a human being who is handcuffed and pleading that he can’t breathe – there is no defense.” Kristen Zima, Police Chief, Aurora, IL

“On behalf of the men and women of the Fayetteville Police Department, we would like to extend our prayers, sympathy, and condolences to the family of Mr. George Floyd and the entire community of Minneapolis, Minnesota as they, and our nation, mourn this tragic death. The videos that have been release of Mr. Floyd’s death are extremely disturbing and painful. Police officers should treat all citizens with dignity and respect, and we should be held to the highest standards of conduct. The death of Mr. Floyd, which has horrified our nations, is not reflective of the mission and integrity of the Fayetteville Police Department or the community we serve.” Mike Reynolds, Police Chief, Fayetteville

“From the start of academy training, recruits must understand that they have an absolute duty to put public safety first. There must be zero tolerance for dishonesty, as well as consequences for officers who fail to follow their training. In the Houston Police Department, which I am privileged to lead, we instill in our men and women the certainty that policy violations regarding truthfulness will lead to termination — or, as we put it, “If you lie, you die.” Art Acevedo, Police Chief, Houston, TX and President of the Major Cities Chiefs Association.

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