May 28, 2020
Providence, RI – Following the death of Mr. George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota Providence City Officials have released the below statements.
“It is with great sadness and utter disappointment to view the video of the Minneapolis Police Officers use of deadly force of Mr. George Floyd. We unequivocally condemn the actions of the police officers. Mr. Floyd died because of inappropriate and excess use of force by police officers that took an oath to protect and serve,” said Commissioner of Public Safety Steven M. Paré and Chief of Police Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr. in a joint statement. “The Providence Police Department further condemns the kneeling on the neck or throat as proper use of force tactic. This tactic is not part of our training and we constantly review our policies and practices as it relates to the use of force to ensure that these tactics are never used by the Providence Police Department. We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Floyd.”
Mayor Jorge O. Elorza added, “No one should ever fear for their life when interacting with the police. The injustice suffered by George Floyd is unacceptable and a call for us to take a hard look at the institutional racism in this country. My heart goes out to the Floyd family and to the many others who suffered similar injustices and should be alive, with us today.”