‘We apologize': Police across U.S. condemn George Floyd custody death in rare rebuke of fellow cops
Added 05-29-20 12:13:03pm EST - “In a rarely seen display of indignation with people in their own profession, police across the country have taken to social media this week to publicly condemn the Minneapolis officers involved in the appalling custody death of George…” - Nydailynews.com
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In a rarely seen display of indignation with people in their own profession, police across the country have taken to social media this week to publicly condemn the Minneapolis officers involved in the appalling custody death of George Floyd.
“There is no need to see more video,” said David Roddy, the police chief in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
“There no need to wait to see how ‘it plays out,'" he tweeted. "There is no need to put a knee on someone’s neck for NINE minutes. There IS a need to DO something. If you wear a badge and you don’t have an issue with this... turn it in.”
Roddy’s unprecedented language is being echoed across the U.S. as disappointed and outraged police officers urge authorities to punish the four cops involved in Monday’s horrific incident. Their statements stand in stark contrast to the typical silence or support for police following in-custody deaths — even as critics call their denunciation empty words.
Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed black man, died shortly after a white officer pressed his knee against his neck for more several minutes while the handcuffed suspect begged for air and repeatedly pleaded that he couldn’t breathe. The whole incident, which was prompted by a forgery investigation, was captured on video and the footage has sparked massive protests across the city and the country.
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