SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – The Sioux City Police Department and Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office have released a joint statement on the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
On Monday, Floyd had been taken into custody by Minneapolis police. Cellphone video recorded by a bystander shows Floyd pleading that he can’t breathe as an officer kneels on his neck. Four cops involved in the incident were later fired.
The two local law enforcement agencies said that with the outrage and fear caused by the tragic event, the Siouxland community should use this chance for “constructive dialogue that will foster healing and assurance.”
The agencies said that officers and deputies continuously work to build trust with the community. As they work to serve the community, they are trained to try to understand the diverse community they serve.
The statement ends with both the Sioux City Police Department and Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office pledging “to offer our hand in friendship to build community partnerships, and maintain and environment of openness and respect for all that we serve.”
Read the two agencies’ joint statement in full below:
First, we are saddened by the tragic events that occurred in Minneapolis. We extend our deepest condolences to the family of George Floyd, as well as the community in the Minneapolis area who are struggling to deal with the aftermath of this incident. This event has sparked outrage and fear in our nation. We as a Siouxland Community must seize this opportunity for constructive dialogue that will foster healing and assurance.
Sioux City area Law Enforcement officers and deputies work tirelessly to build trust and relationships with the community we serve. We see our role as public servants and protectors as a noble calling. It requires a deep dedication to fair and impartial professional law enforcement services. Our men and women enter this profession with a sincere desire to preserve and respect the sanctity of life. They are trained to understand the many different issues that confront our diverse community to better address the fears and concerns that come with being a person of color.
Both the Sioux City Police Department and Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office have deeply invested our resources in community cultural outreach and agency transparency for many years. We welcome our residents to communicate with us to build stronger unions for the safety and well-being of all citizens. One innocent life lost is too many. We give this community our solemn pledge that we will continue to offer our hand in friendship to build community partnerships, and maintain and environment of openness and respect for all that we serve. Our recovery as a community from tragic events such as this will be difficult, but we will do it together. In unity there is healingSioux City Police Department and Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office