Spokane Police Guild responds to George Floyd’s death, talks about building trust
SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane Police Guild responded to George Floyd’s death on Saturday, saying the “inexcusable” actions of Minneapolis police officers have tarnished a trust many others worked so hard to achieve.
“We have worked tirelessly to build and strengthen the trust our community has in us,” it reads in a statement from police. “We recently witnessed a viral video of officers in another city who abandoned that trust.”
That video showed George Floyd, a black man in handcuffs, gasping for air on the ground as ex-Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin dug a knee into his neck. Floyd died later that night.
Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder on Friday. He also faces a charge second-degree manslaughter. The other officers involved in the arrest have since been fired.
“The conduct of these few do not represent the heart of the many who selflessly serve, and certainly not those who serve Spokane,” the statement reads in part. “The Spokane Police Guild will continue to seek ways to develop relationships and trust with you, our community, so you can see the true heart those who serve Spokane.”
Activists plan to meet outside Spokane’s Red Wagon at 2 p.m. on Sunday to peacefully protest and call for accountability.
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