Richmond Interim Police Chief Bisa French posted a statement to social media today about the death of George Floyd. Here it is in full:
“My heart was very heavy this week watching the events in Minneapolis unfold. The video of the Minneapolis Police Officer kneeling on the neck of George Floyd while he begged for help was sickening. What was equally disturbing is the fact that several officers were present and complicit. While this situation occurred many miles away, the actions of those officers undermine the law enforcement profession, and have damaged the years of effort put forth to build relationships with the community. The tactics used on Mr. Floyd were counter to what we train and what I expect of our officers. The officers involved showed a lack of compassion and humanity. Regardless of anyone’s circumstances, human beings cannot and should not be treated the way Mr. Floyd was treated.
Despite my grief over Mr. Floyd’s death, I know it is my duty as the Chief to push forward. Each day provides an opportunity to make a positive impact on our community. I am committed to ensuring that the members of the Richmond Police Department carry out their duties in an ethical manner and that we provide the professional service our community expects and deserves.”