May 29 Statement from Police Chief Potts

City of Bloomington Community Members, 

On behalf of myself and the Bloomington Police Department, I want to express my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. George Floyd. Like many Minnesotans, I was shocked and saddened by the tragic death of Mr. Floyd Monday night in Minneapolis. The actions we saw in the video leading up to Mr. Floyd's final moments were appalling and indefensible.

As police officers, we are sworn to protect the sanctity of life for all residents and that clearly did not happen in this case. Unfortunately, in recent years, we have seen too many of these encounters, where police officers fail to treat individuals with dignity and respect. And while this did not happen in Bloomington, we know that incidents like this threaten the community trust and integrity of all police departments.

As a police chief and as a community leader, I believe it is my duty to condemn actions by police that harm our communities and erode the valuable trust we strive to build on a daily basis. As we process this tragedy and look at how we take steps forward in Bloomington, please know that we remain committed to working with, listening to, and respecting all of our community members and we will do whatever is necessary to repair the trust we might have lost as a result of this tragic incident. Our ability to do our work successfully is directly tied to our efforts to work in partnership with you, and we are committed to serving you with honor, integrity and respect.

I know that our community is grieving now and we understand many people may choose to protest during this time. We are asking everyone who will be protesting to do so peacefully. We will make space for our community to gather peacefully and safely. Please stay safe and take care of one another.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey D. Potts
Bloomington Chief of Police