ROME, N.Y. – Rome Mayor Jacqueline Izzo and Rome Police Chief Kevin Beach released a joint statement Wednesday, regarding the death of George Floyd.
This comes one day after the Rome chapter of the NAACP called on community leaders to speak out about the death that has the nation in an uproar.
The statement reads:
“The city of Rome and the Rome Police Department do not condone and condemn the actions utilized by officers in the arrest of Mr. George Floyd. Mr. Floyd’s life was needlessly taken from him and his family in what should have been a routine arrest. The brutality displayed by the arresting officer was abhorrent and cannot ever be tolerated as routine by a police agency. Equally as egregious were the officers who stood and watched this incident take place and did nothing to intervene. They too should be arrested and charged as Minnesota law dictates. The City of Rome authorizes thousands of dollars each year in training to assist officers in the correct techniques of detainment and respect when an arrest occurs. Our prayers are with the Floyd family, and we will continue to support peaceful, respectful protests in our city against this type of police action. These protests have taken place at the Rome Police Station and we will continue to show our support so the message will carry on and be heard that this type of police activity will not be tolerated and all of us need to respect the sanctity of life and the rights of individuals who are detained into custody.”
George Floyd died on May 25, after a Minneapolis police officer was videotaped kneeling on his neck during the arrest, while three other officers stood by.
Officer Derek Chauvin was arrested and originally charged with third-degree murder. His charges were upgraded to second-degree murder on June 3. The three other officers at the scene were also charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.
People across the country have been protesting to call for an end to police brutality in memory of Floyd. Peaceful protests were held in Rome and Utica over the weekend.