SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Oregon State Police and the state's police chiefs and sheriffs have issued a joint statement condemning Minneapolis police treatment of George Floyd that led to his death and has sparked protests and unrest across the nation.
NewsChannel 21 reported Friday night on similar comments voice by Bend police officers and Police Chief Jim Porter.
Statement from Oregon Association Chiefs of Police, Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association, and Oregon State Police in response to the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis
Oregon’s Police Chiefs, Sheriffs, and State Police Superintendent are unified in condemning the reprehensible actions and tactics demonstrated in Minneapolis that resulted in the tragic death of George Floyd.
As police leaders and on behalf of our law enforcement officers in Oregon, we wish to reassure our communities that we do not condone and will not tolerate this type of conduct. Our police officers, deputies and troopers take a solemn oath to uphold the Constitution. Our profession is based on the core values of honesty, character, professionalism, respect and accountability. We recognize and value the sanctity of human life and we believe all persons should be treated humanely and with dignity.
Public trust and accountability for police agencies and police officers is crucial to a safe, inclusive community. We recognize that even isolated incidents of police misconduct anywhere undermine public trust everywhere. We are dismayed and disgusted when the actions of a few tarnish the reputation of our honorable law enforcement profession and undermine the heroic work our police officers perform in service to our communities. We will continue to work hard to strengthen the confidence Oregonians have in our work and we value the trust you place in us.