Lynnwood police chief issues statement regarding George Floyd: ‘What happened in Minneapolis is wrong’

Lynnwood Police Chief Tom Davis

Lynnwood Police Chief Tom Davis issued a statement Friday regarding the “deep concern” he felt after watching video footage in Minneapolis of George Floyd, who was seen gasping for breath during an arrest in which a police officer kneeled on his neck for almost eight minutes.

“Police officers take an oath to protect the public,” Davis wrote. “That means all members of the public, and it is my commitment to you that every single day that’s what the hardworking men and women of the Lynnwood Police Department set out to do.”

Davis also said the Lynnwood Police Department is committed to working alongside the Lynnwood Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission as well as other community organizations to ensure the city is a “safe and welcoming city for all people.”

Here is the full letter:

To our Lynnwood Community:

I, like so many others, have watched the disturbing video of George Floyd’s arrest in Minneapolis, which led to his untimely death. And I, like so many other chiefs and sheriffs from police agencies across the state of Washington and the nation, feel it important to speak candidly about my deep concern over this incident. 

Police officers take an oath to protect the public— that means all members of the public, and it is my commitment to you that every single day that’s what the hardworking men and women of the Lynnwood Police Department set out to do. Our job is to recognize any unconscious bias we may hold and not make a value judgement based upon skin color, religion, sexual orientation or any other differences that define us as individuals but rather to see you, a community member, who needs our help.  

There is no way around it; what happened in Minneapolis is wrong.  The video is difficult to watch and hard to understand, but we must speak out against injustice.  These are not the actions of men and women who should wear our badge, and these officers must be held accountable. 

I want to assure the Lynnwood community that we are committed to being a safe and welcoming city for all people and reiterate that our police officers are here to make you feel that way. We continue our commitment to work in collaboration with the Lynnwood Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission as well as other community organizations that seek to unite our diverse city. Our department’s core values are “Professionalism, Vigilance, and Community”; these core values do not discriminate.

Respectfully,

Tom Davis
Chief of Police, Lynnwood Police Department

 

  1. I have always been of the opinion that our police officers sometimes have forgotten right from wrong. I’ve heard the stories, I’ve seen the videos & it is to me a crime the man lost his life because of the loss of control by a man that is to protect & serve the people in this country not lose it & kill. I think he should be incarcerated for his crime.

    It reminds me of the Rodney King incident. The officers beat Rodney so bad with whatever tools that are close by. If I remember correctly, the perpetrators were found not guilty.. that’s an outrage.

    1. You apparently didn’t here the news. That would be wrong. The officers were arrested. The officer kneeling on his neck causing George Floyd’s death, was arrested and has been charged with 3rd degree murder which can have a sentence of 25 years; also charged with manslaughter possible 10 years. That officers wife also immediately filed for divorce. I wish people would truly try to find the truth. Lets be people who would want justice and promote a solution, not be part of the problem. Let’s not perpetuate and inflame the violence that ensues from people taking advantage to further cause division. It starts with each one of us individually to search our hearts. There are good people wanting to fix this. Including the Good police officers who lay there lives on the line everyday to protect us. This broke my heart seeing what happened to that man was awful to see. I still tear up. God bless and keep and heal George Floyd’s family. I pray for peace and unity between all races and nations. Love not hate, conquers all. Thank you Chief Tom Davis for your service.

    2. No comment from the Chief about whether his department has been or will continue using the kneeling technique to subdue hostile subjects.

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