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Posted on: May 28, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Statement from Chief Spears on the Death of George Floyd

Zionsville

Police work can be hazardous. Officers sometimes face dangerous situations and encounter persons who may attempt to cause harm or resist arrest. While no officer wants to use force, it is sometimes necessary. This force, however, must be reasonable and end once a person has been restrained. Everyone, even those who resist arrest, have a right to respectful, humane treatment from our police officers.
 
The in-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis should not have happened.  The video of this incident is difficult to watch. It is not reflective of the training of professional police officers. The actions of these officers significantly erode public trust and cannot be tolerated.  Incidents like this eclipse the overwhelmingly good work of our police officers which is so deserving of praise.
 
The Zionsville Police Department and I are committed to the protection and safety of all persons. Officers receive training in the proper use of force and how to render medical assistance. We will not tolerate any excessive or unnecessary use of force.
 
Our police department is in the process of facilitating a community discussion to examine issues like diversity, inclusion, implicit bias and police-community relations. Persons interested in participating in these discussions are encouraged to contact Detective Elizabeth Frost at Efrost@Zionsville-in.gov.

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