NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Nashville Fraternal Order of Police issued the following statement in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
"The Nashville Fraternal Order of Police would like to release this statement regarding the death of George Floyd. Building trust between law enforcement officers and the community they serve is crucial to the pursuit of our mission to build safer and stronger communities. As officers, we have been entrusted with a great deal of responsibility that should never be abused. Days ago, we all witnessed a viral video of officers in another city who abandoned that trust. Their indefensible actions violated the oath and tarnished the reputation that the brave men and women of law enforcement have worked so hard to attain. The actions of these few do not represent the heart of the many who selflessly serve, and certainly not those who serve the Nashville community. The Nashville Fraternal Order of Police will continue to seek ways to build relationships and trust with our community so that they can see, first-hand, the real servants heart behind the badges of the many who serve Nashville today. It is only by continuing these efforts that we can hope to understand the perspectives of one another and move forward in our mission of strengthening the harmony our community enjoys."
Two days after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man protesters took to the streets of at least three major US cities. The video of his arrest sparked outrage on social media.
The four officers involved in Floyd's death have been fired from the Minneapolis Police Department. But Floyd's family say they want murder charges against them.