To the Citizens of Kitsap County:
“It’s okay to
support law enforcement and also condemn officers
who tarnish the
badge and abuse their powers.” @cops_life
A few short weeks ago during the National POLICE WEEK, we
honored police officers who have died in the line of duty. Many citizens expressed heartfelt
appreciation of the work we do. I was
humbled by their sincerity and gratitude. Today, I am saddened and shocked by
what happened, and is happening, in Minneapolis. A citizen is dead, citizens
are rioting, and the divide between humanity grows wider.
George Floyd – a name, a 46-year old man, a person, a
black man we will sadly remember for all the wrong reasons.
What happens in Minneapolis impacts our community too. Like many, I have followed the news of this
tragic and unexplainable death. I am sickened by what I have seen. The tactics used and the outcome of this
arrest is indefensible. Kneeling on a person’s neck for several minutes while
other officers do nothing is unforgiveable.
Today, being a police officer in America is hard. So is
living in America as a person of color.
We can do better, and we must do better if we want to overcome the
divide between people. We must engage in difficult discussions and acknowledge
that racism continues to exist in America. Kindness, understanding, listening,
and building trust is much better than riots and destroying communities.
I have hope for Kitsap County and trust we can bridge the
We strive to provide the best trained and equipped deputies to keep our community a safer place to live, work and play. The administration of the Sheriff's Office will model and guide it's employee's to embody our mission statement, vision and core values. See our strategic plan for more details.
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