‘Indefensible’: NC police chiefs, sheriffs rebuke officers in George Floyd’s death

U.S. 2020/5/30

‘Indefensible’: NC police chiefs, sheriffs rebuke officers in George Floyd’s death

Police chiefs and sheriffs across North Carolina are speaking out after viewing footage of George Floyd’s death at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis.



Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed black man, died May 25 after telling police he couldn’t breathe while an officer knelt on his neck during an arrest. The incident has set off nationwide protests.

In a letter, Durham County Sheriff Clarence F. Birkhead said he joined law enforcement 35 years ago “to help diversify a profession that had few people of color:#333;;;; to demonstrate compassion; to strive to be instruments of positive change; to be deliberate in building better communities for all; and to be unrelenting in the important work of fostering trust and transparency,” she said.

In Fayetteville, Police Chief Gina Hawkins said she and her officers were “outraged” by the video, the Fayetteville Observer reported.

“It is very difficult to watch,” she told the newspaper. “Everyone should be watching it to speak up and say, ‘What can we do now?’”

Guilford County Sheriff Danny Rogers issued a statement to Fox 8 offering his thoughts and prayers to Floyd’s family.

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