Los Angeles, CA—The Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Police Protective League issued the following statement regarding the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota:
“What we saw on that video was inconsistent and contrary to everything we have been taught, not just as an academy recruit or a police officer, but as human beings. Reverence for life in every incident a police officer encounters must be the floor and not the ceiling. We agree with the National Association of Police Organizations Executive Director Bill Johnson when he said, “I can’t see any legal justification, any self- defense justification, or any moral justification” for what occurred. What’s depicted in that video is not who we are as law enforcement professionals. We actively train and seek training, to safely manage similar situations we encounter to ensure safe resolutions. On the very same day of Mr. Floyd’s death, there were literally millions of encounters and interactions with public safety professionals throughout our country that were peaceful, respectful, and problem-solving oriented.
As do the Fraternal Order of Police, we also have full confidence in our criminal justice system. This incident is being investigated by local and federal law enforcement agencies and those involved should be accorded their due process rights and we must ensure that justice is served, without regard to the consequences.
We will not let the failures shown in this incident tarnish the hard work and sacrifice of those officers who get it right on a daily basis. Our deepest sympathies go out to Mr. Floyd’s family, their pain and grief must be unbearable.”
About the L.A. Police Protective League (LAPPL): Formed in 1923, the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) represents the more than 9,900 dedicated and professional sworn members of the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPPL serves to advance the interests of LAPD officers through legislative and legal advocacy, political action and education. The LAPPL can be found on the Web at www.LAPD.com.