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Local leaders respond to killing of George Floyd at the hands of law enforcement

Posted at 5:22 PM, May 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 17:24:01-04

BALTIMORE — Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison released a video message today, calling the killing of George Floyd at the hands of law enforcement 'deeply horrific and heartbreaking'.

He also says what we saw in the video was disgusting and shocking to the conscience and does not represent the calling of officers to serve and protect with dignity and respect.

Harrison goes on to say that he and his leadership team support Minneapolis Police Chief Arradondo’s decision to terminate the involved officers.

"The Baltimore Police Department remains committed to rebuilding and earning the trust of the communities we serve through fair, equitable and dignified treatment of all in our fight for justice," he said. "This cannot be what the policing profession stands for. We can and we must ensure that all officers intervene in the bad actions of others so that we prevent incidents like this from happening."

Harrison says he stands with leaders from across the country and the communities to call for the officers to be held accountable for their actions and for justice to be served.

In addition to Baltimore City, Anne Arundel County Executive Stueart Pittman says he encourages every adult, particularly every white adult of privilege to watch the video and imagine that Floyd was their brother, afterwards, take a deep breath and pledge to push back for the rest of their lives against every wedge driven by hate, fear and racism between the people of this country.