Friday, June 12, 2020

Minneapolis police rank-and-file condemn ex-officer charged in George Floyd's death

Reuters•June 11, 2020

More than a dozen Minneapolis police officers on Thursday denounced the former police officer charged with killing George Floyd and said they were prepared to embrace "change, reform and rebuilding."

The 14 officers wrote a letter that was posted on the website of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune newspaper and addressed, "Dear everyone." It follows weeks of protests over the death of Floyd, 46, under the knee of ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and a vote by city leaders to disband the police department.

"We wholeheartedly condemn Derek Chauvin," the officers said in the letter. "Like us, Derek Chauvin took an oath to hold the sanctity of life most precious. Derek Chauvin failed as a human and stripped George Floyd of his dignity and life. This is not who we are."


"We stand ready to listen and embrace the calls for change, reform and rebuilding," the 14 officers wrote. "We are with you moving forward. We want to work with you and regain your trust."

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