Editor’s Note: Framingham Police Chief Steven Trask issued a statement tonight, May 31, just before 8 p.m. on the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. On Monday, while handcuffed Floyd, a black man, died in police custody in Minneapolis. A white police officer Derek Chauvin pushed his knee into Floyd’s neck, as he cried that he could not breathe. On Tuesday, Chauvin and three other police officers were fired, after a bystander’s video showed the incident. The FBI is now investigating the death, and on Friday arrested Chauvin.
FRAMINGHAM – As a long time member of the Massachusetts Major Cities Chiefs organization, I echo my organization’s statement regarding George Floyd’s death.
“The Massachusetts Major City Police Chiefs stand firm with law enforcement professionals across the Commonwealth and the nation and strongly denounce the egregious behavior exhibited by the four officers in Minneapolis, leading to the tragic death of George Floyd. These types of actions are no way indicative of the professional policing that is displayed on our city streets each and every day. Our heartfelt sympathy and deepest condolences go out to the Floyd family. We all must learn from this tragedy so that it never happens again.”
This has affected every member of the Framingham Police Department deeply. The Framingham Police Department has embraced the pillars of President Obama’s report on 21st century policing and strive to follow them everyday.
The Framingham Police Department stands with the residents of Framingham denouncing this abhorrent behavior and sends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of George Floyd.