What happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of a police officer is revolting, incomprehensible, and unacceptable. What we saw in that video—Mr. Floyd pleading for his life—should send chills down the spine of every law enforcement officer and citizen in this country. This tragedy is inconsistent with our oath to protect and serve, it is inconsistent with the job entrusted to us by our communities, and it is in complete opposition to everything we are trained to do.
The rank and file of the Portland Police Bureau are the finest police officers in the country. As we move forward, incidents like this bestow upon us all a stronger conviction to continue to connect and build trust with all the communities we serve and say that this will not happen in my community, in my department, in my organization, or on my watch.
-Daryl Turner, PPA President