The San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose Police Officers Associations have come together to issue a rare joint statement condemning the killing of George Floyd.
Floyd's death at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department has sparked protests and riots in the city and across the country, including Oakland.
“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,” the unions said in a statement Thursday. “We cannot see any law enforcement or self-defense rationale for what occurred. We are equally disturbed by not seeing any of the other officers on scene intervene to prevent this tragedy. What’s depicted in that video is not who we are as law enforcement professionals.”
The unions say local police actively train to manage similar situations safely. The outcry from police across the country has surprised some, as law enforcement agencies are usually hesitant to comment on incidents outside of their jurisdiction, especially in a critical manner.
The Bay Area’s most prominent police chiefs have also condemned the behavior of the former Minneapolis officers, who were fired after video surfaced of the incident. Former officer Derek Chauvin, who was captured on video kneeling on Floyd’s neck for several minutes, was arrested Friday afternoon. Prosecutors say investigations into the other three officers is ongoing.