Minneapolis police chief says all four officers involved in George Floyd's death bear responsibility

In an emotional response to George Floyd's family Sunday night,...

Posted: Jun 1, 2020 4:34 AM

In an emotional response to George Floyd's family Sunday night, the Minneapolis police chief says in his mind, all four officers involved in the black man's killing bear the same responsibility.

"Mr. Floyd died in our hands and so I see that as being complicit," Chief Medaria Arradondo told CNN's Sara Sidner. "Silence and inaction, you're complicit. If there was one solitary voice that would have intervened ... that's what I would have hoped for."

But no one intervened Monday evening as 46-year-old Floyd begged for his life while ex-Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin remained kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Floyd's death sparked protests across the country, with thousands echoing some of the man's final words, "I can't breathe." Some of those demonstrations were peaceful, while others ended in flames, widespread looting, damages and hundreds of arrests as well as injuries.

The four police officers involved in his death were fired from the department Tuesday. Chauvin was charged Friday with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Arradondo's response Sunday came after Floyd's brother asked the chief if he would work to get justice for Floyd. As the chief answered, Floyd's brother wept.

Arradondo called the killing a "violation of humanity," and said he didn't need any more time than what he had to remove the officers from their duties.

"There are absolute truths in life; we need air to breathe," the chief said. "The killing of Mr. Floyd was an absolute truth that it was wrong."

"I did not need days or weeks or months or processes or bureaucracies to tell me what occurred out here last Monday was wrong," he added.

Houston police chief wants to provide escort for Floyd's body

In a separate interview Sunday night, another police chief, this time from Floyd's hometown, stood in solidarity.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo told CNN he wants his department to provide escort services when George Floyd's body returns to the city for his burial.

"It's going to be a big deal for our city to bring him back home," Acevedo told CNN's Don Lemon Sunday night. "We want to make sure that the family is safe, that the movement is safe and most importantly, we want to make sure that the family knows that we are here for them to support at this time."

This is the first time, Acevedo said, that he's seen police union leaders speak out like this, and he says that gives him hope for change.

"I am just hopeful that we have reached a watershed moment here and we will see some meaningful reform in terms of the way that we deal with bad police officers and the way we deal with police officers involved in criminal conduct that completely undermines the good work of the vast majority of police officers," he said.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 313161

Reported Deaths: 3594
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah51245642
Washington34995276
Marion32577393
Clackamas26570271
Lane23989246
Jackson20977257
Deschutes16623102
Umatilla12602125
Douglas10712188
Linn1046886
Josephine8659165
Yamhill744999
Klamath643491
Polk623570
Malheur479467
Benton461927
Coos412069
Columbia324237
Jefferson313746
Lincoln276330
Union272737
Wasco239039
Crook212338
Clatsop211725
Tillamook181523
Baker174421
Morrow167921
Curry166817
Hood River163035
Harney78916
Grant7558
Lake6768
Wallowa50811
Gilliam1374
Sherman1283
Wheeler651
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 4644566

Reported Deaths: 68019
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles144512125852
Riverside3579884804
San Diego3495814009
San Bernardino3472035506
Orange3146225354
Sacramento1503072089
Santa Clara1405641841
Fresno1358611888
Kern1358421515
Alameda1162141329
Ventura976901120
San Joaquin973871615
Contra Costa95727924
Stanislaus806991234
Tulare72969896
San Mateo52239607
San Francisco51907605
Monterey49465565
Solano44151312
Santa Barbara43112500
Sonoma39441378
Merced39370535
Placer36487364
Imperial34261755
Kings30124284
San Luis Obispo28300313
Madera21707258
Butte21307230
Shasta20683276
Santa Cruz20151211
Yolo19143239
Marin17106242
El Dorado16004127
Sutter13094153
Napa1226895
Yuba926061
Nevada847685
Humboldt829587
Tehama823784
San Benito709067
Mendocino685575
Lassen637627
Tuolumne615393
Lake603687
Amador492259
Glenn398030
Siskiyou389541
Calaveras342266
Del Norte336034
Colusa290918
Inyo166539
Mono14935
Plumas12406
Mariposa99712
Trinity72010
Modoc6278
Sierra1980
Unassigned1650
Alpine1000
Out of CA00
Medford
Clear
62° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 62°
Brookings
Partly Cloudy
61° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 61°
Crater Lake
Partly Cloudy
62° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 62°
Grants Pass
Cloudy
62° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 62°
Klamath Falls
Clear
48° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 48°
Cooler temperatures and thin haze return on the first day of fall
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events