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Posted on: May 29, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Statement of Chief Roy Vasque on the Death of George Floyd

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To The Residents of Lawrence,

 I feel compelled to say something. I cannot stand by and let the incident in Minnesota go by without stating how disappointed and disgusted I am. After watching the video footage of the incident in Minnesota, I was shocked and outraged, my heart sank.  I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. How can anyone, never mind a police officer, treat a human being this way?  As I watched the video, I found myself saying over and over, as the minutes went on “Get off him”. I can’t and won’t try to justify the officers’ actions, they are reprehensible, indefensible and No excuses can be made. This should not have happened. No one deserves to be treated this way!  This is a very sad day in this country. My heart goes out to the family of George Floyd and the Minneapolis, Minnesota community.

 As a community we are left with yet again another wedge between us. Not only do these types of actions tarnish our badge but they destroy our relationship with the community. We have made it a priority in Lawrence to build a strong relationship with our community, knowing that this is the only way to build a better Lawrence. That trust between us is so important if we are going to continue to change Lawrence together for the better. 

 The men and women of the Lawrence Police Department are from the community, they are hardworking, dedicated, well trained and professional. They are not happy about the events in Minnesota. They, like me are disgusted and saddened by the treatment of Mr. Floyd. They also see the damage that this has caused between the police and the community. They are committed to continuing to build your trust every day. 

 We know that negative events around the world involving police officers affect your views of policing. The overwhelming majority of police officers are good people, dedicated to helping their respective communities. We ask that you judge us by what is happening here in Lawrence. Please don’t judge us by the disgusting acts of one officer. Being a police officer is not an easy job but we are committed to policing by treating everyone with respect, dignity, empathy and procedural justice for all. The way it should be, the way we would want our families to be treated. This is our continued pledge to you. Our hope is that we can use this injustice to rally together to make Lawrence stronger. Thank you and stay safe.


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 Los Residentes de Lawrence, 

Yo me siento obligado a decir algo.  No puedo esperar y dejar pasar el incidente en Minnesota sin decir cuán decepcionado y disgustado estoy.  Después de ver el video del incidente en Minnesota, me sentí sorprendió e indignado, mi corazón se hundió. No podía creer lo que estaba viendo¿Cómo puede alguien, sin importar un oficial de policía, tratar a un ser humano de esta manera? Mientras miraba el video, me encontré diciendo una y otra vez, a medida que pasaban los minutos "Bájate de el".  Yo no puedo ni intentaré justificar las acciones del oficial, estas son reprensibles, indefendibles y NO se pueden hacer excusas.  Esto no debería haber sucedido¡Nadie merece ser tratado de esta manera!  Este es un día muy triste en este país. Mi corazón está con la familia de George Floyd y la comunidad de Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Como comunidad nos queda una vez más otra barrera entre nosotros.  Este tipo de acciones no solo empañan nuestra insignia, sino que destruyen nuestra relación con la comunidad.  Nosotros hemos convertido en una prioridad en Lawrence construir una relación sólida con nuestra comunidad, sabiendo que esta es la única manera de construir un Lawrence mejor.  Que la confianza entre nosotros es tan importante si vamos a continuar juntos a cambiar para un Lawrence mejor.

Los hombres y mujeres del Departamento de Policía de Lawrence son de la comunidad, ellos son trabajadores, dedicados, bien entrenados y profesionales.  Ellos no están contentos con los eventos en Minnesota.  Ellos, al igual que yo, están disgustados y entristecidos por el trato al Sr. Floyd.  Ellos también ven el daño que esto ha causado entre la policía y la comunidad.  Ellos están comprometidos en continuar construyendo su confianza todos los días.

Nosotros sabemos que los eventos negativos en todo el mundo que involucran a oficiales de policía afectan sus puntos de vista sobre la vigilancia.  La gran mayoría de los policías son buenas personas, dedicadas a ayudar a sus respectivas comunidades.  Nosotros le pedimos que usted nos juzgue por lo que está sucediendo aquí en Lawrence.  Por favor no nos juzguen por los actos desagradables de un oficial.  Ser un oficial de policía no es un trabajo fácil, pero nosotros estamos comprometidos con la vigilancia y al tratar a todos con respeto, dignidad, empatía y justicia procesal para todos.  De la manera que debe ser, de la misma forma en que nos gustaría que nuestras familias sean tratadas.  Este es nuestro compromiso continuo con ustedes.  Es nuestra esperanza el que nosotros podamos usar esta injusticia para unirnos y fortalecer a Lawrence juntos. Gracias y mantente a salvo.


Roy P Vasque

Jefe de Policía



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