Date: June 3, 2020
Contact: Captain Ronald Smith
Phone: (203) 230-4029
On May 25th we all witnessed the horrifying mistreatment and subsequent death of Mr. George Floyd, at the hands of members of the Minneapolis Police Department. What is equally disturbing are the inactions of the other officers, that stood by and watched. Their lack of intervention is reprehensible. The atrocity committed by the officers involved, has been instrumental in eroding the trust that we as police officers have attempted to build within our communities.
We understand that we can and must do better. With the assistance from the communities we represent, we must pledge to continue to train and educate ourselves to be the best that we can be. This endeavor will be a continuous work in progress. Of utmost importance, we will focus on the word EMPATHY. Our success and relationship with our community greatly depends on the empathy that we have for one another.
On June 2nd the Hamden Police Department was thankful to participate in a unity march that was organized by the Abdul-Majid Karim Hasan Islamic Center. The march provided members of the department with an opportunity to engage in thoughtful conversation with members of our community. It is our hope that we can attempt to build renewed trust from this first positive step.
The men and women of the Hamden Police Department would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. George Floyd.