Lincoln police chief issues statement on George Floyd video

Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister issued a statement regarding a video showing the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer kneeled on his neck in Minneapolis earlier this week. 
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A protestor sprays graffiti on a wall near the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody Monday, broke out in Minneapolis for a third straight night. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister issued a statement regarding a video showing the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer kneeled on his neck in Minneapolis earlier this week.

The officers involved have been fired, but had not been charged as of Friday morning.

Cheering protesters torched a Minneapolis police station that the department abandoned as three days of violent protests spread to nearby St. Paul and angry demonstrations flared across the U.S.

You can read Bliemeister’s complete statement below:

“National incidents that degrade the relationships our staff work so hard to build with the community, cause us to turn the focus inward.  We ask ourselves, what can we do through our hiring, vetting practices, training, supervision and systems of accountability to ensure actions of individuals don’t lead to inexplicable acts of violence.  We are committed to working with all members of our community to enhance the safety of Lincoln to ensure that incidents like these are not defining of our agency or the men and women who work for the Lincoln Police Department.

The officers’ actions depicted in the videos preceding the tragic death in Minnesota have been reviewed by Chief Bliemeister, members of the Command Staff, and the training unit at the Lincoln Police Department.  The tactics witnessed in the available video are in direct contrast to our use-of-control training, policies and our oath to uphold the dignity of all citizens we serve.  In addition, our policies and values demand that our employees have an affirmative obligation to intervene when they see another acting in direct contradiction to these established policies and values.  The family and friends of George Floyd are in our thoughts as they grieve his death.”

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