NEW JERSEY -- New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Colligan on Saturday released the following statement on George Floyd, Derek Chauvin and the tragedy in Minneapolis.

“The horror that unfolded in Minneapolis is painful for us all. The actions that we saw on video are contrary to all our training and does harm to the good reputation of the overwhelming number of brave men and women in law enforcement trying to do their job in an honorable and lawful manner. Nobody in law enforcement can look at that video and justify the actions of those officers.

“We condemn the actions of the officer involved, Derek Chauvin, as well as the inaction of the officers that stood by and let George Floyd die. Former Officer Chauvin has been arrested and charged with third degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Mr. Floyd.

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“Our communities must not let anything take away from the hard-earned progress we have made in this country, especially here in New Jersey. We must all fight against anything that would serve to drive a wedge between people of all races, nationalities and religions who wish to live in a lawful society. We must also stay committed to building trust with the good and hard-working members of law enforcement that keep our communities safe.

Please remember that the 900,000 members of Law enforcement will have direct contact with over 53 million of our citizens a year throughout this country. We must support the overwhelming number of good officers on the street trying to do their jobs in an honorable and lawful manner. We cannot abandon our police at this time

Most importantly, we would like to send our thoughts and condolences to the Floyd family, his loved ones and with everyone who is grieving and impacted by this terrible tragedy."

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