October 1, 2020

“He Didn’t Deserve to Die” – Officers Speak Out About George Floyd Tragedy

Our country has been shaken by the heart-wrenching news of George Floyd’s death. Many police officers are speaking out about the situation – sharing their hearts and mourning alongside the rest of the community.

“First & foremost, my thoughts & prayers go out to the family of #georgefloyd. Mr. Floyd should still be with us today. I may be married to a black woman & be deeply involved in the black community, but at the end of the day, I’m not black. I don’t know what it’s like to be black in America. I don’t feel the hurt they feel. I don’t have that right & I’ll never say I do. To black America, I’m sorry. But I do know what it’s like to be hurting as a human. I do know what it’s like to love & care about the human race & to respect everyone’s skin color. The same applies to being a police officer. I can’t stress it enough, get to know the community you were sworn to protect & serve. Get out & talk to people, including people of color, & learn their stories. And vice versa, let them get to know you. Be human! And in due time, you become family. There is still time for law enforcement & communities to mend broken relationships. But incidents like what took place in Minnesota only set those relationships back even further, and understandably so. There is so much more work to be done. Although there are police officers across the United States doing great work, that doesn’t take away from what happened to #georgefloyd. He was human & didn’t deserve to die. It all goes back to one’s heart, & as a police officer yes you wear a badge, but there is also a heart beneath that badge. Have a heart. This last message goes out to not just police officers but to all of us, get to know the George Floyd’s of your community before it’s too late. Mr. Floyd had a story to tell, but his story was cut short. God bless all of you.” – Officer Tommy Norman

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First & foremost, my thoughts & prayers go out to the family of #georgefloyd. Mr. Floyd should still be with us today. I may be married to a black woman & deeply involved in the black community, but at the end of the day, I’m not black. I don’t know what it’s like to be black in America. I don’t feel the hurt they feel. I don’t have that right & I’ll never say I do. To black America, I’m sorry. But I do know what it’s like to be hurting as a human. I do know what it’s like to love & care about the human race & to respect everyone’s skin color. The same applies to being a police officer. I can’t stress it enough, get to know the community you were sworn to protect & serve. Get out & talk to people, including people of color, & learn their stories. And vice versa, let them get to know you. Be human! And in due time, you become family. There is still time for law enforcement & communities to mend broken relationships. But incidents like what took place in Minnesota only set those relationships back even further, and understandably so. There is so much more work to be done. Although there are police officers across the United States doing great work, that doesn’t take away from what happened to #georgefloyd. He was human & didn’t deserve to die. It all goes back to one’s heart, & as a police officer yes you wear a badge, but there is also a heart beneath that badge. Have a heart. This last message goes out to not just police officers but to all of us, get to know the George Floyd’s of your community before it’s too late. Mr. Floyd had a story to tell, but his story was cut short. God bless all of you.

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“I think all citizens and officers alike agree that was a despicable act, and outside of the realm of how we are supposed to behave as law-enforcement officers. Prayers to his family 🙏🏻 I believe the arresting officer will face criminal prosecution. Please don’t let this paint the profession with a broad brush, we are equally sickened. #georgefloyd” – Grant Anderson

If you wear a badge and don’t have an issue with this… turn it in.” – Chief David Roddy

“If you wear a badge stand up for what’s right & stand up & speak out against wrong.” – Chief Deputy Austin Garrett

“I’m SICK and TIRED of racial injustices. I’m tired of other irresponsible police officers [. . .]  I’m tired of unethical use of excessive force [. . .] And mostly I’m tired of the inability of other officers to hold their colleagues accountable & to see that these are ONGOING ISSUES. If you’re a police officer and these issues I’ve touched on are not disturbing to you, you ARE the problem. We swore to serve and protect EVERYONE. Not just people who look like you and live like you. How dare you call yourself a “peace maker” when you’re condoning indecorous & unethical actions in your work place. How dare you, when you’re not fighting for justice for the voiceless [. . .] there is simply ZERO room for [racism] as a first responder. We don’t get to pick and choose who we help. If you’re a medical professional or LEO who is racist, sexist, homophobic or has any bias that would prevent you from helping a person, or even worse, create a reason for you to harm them, do me & society a favor and get the hell out. Hand in your badge, hand in your gun because you have no business working alongside the greater good.” – Officer Marissa Rutherford

GOD Bless, George Floyd.

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