HULL — Chief John Dunn and the men and women of the Hull Police Department condemn the actions of the Minneapolis Police officers which resulted in the death of George Floyd last week.
“As both police officers and as human beings, we in the Hull Police Department are deeply troubled and saddened by the actions of the Minneapolis police officers that led to the death of George Floyd,” Chief Dunn said. “As a department we condemn these actions, fully and completely.”
Police departments and their officers across Massachusetts have thoroughly embraced the six pillars of the principles embodied in the final report of President Barack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, and remain committed to professional conduct, democratic policing and procedural justice for all people.
The method of kneeling on a suspect’s neck is not taught or sanctioned by police agencies. The neck is a “no-go” area. Specifically, police are never trained to put pressure on the neck or throat of a person being detained.
The Hull Police Department believes in treating all citizens, including those accused of committing a crime, fairly and with dignity. Officers are trained only to use the amount of force necessary to ensure safety for the suspect, the officers, and civilians in the area.
The Hull Police Department joins with officers across the state, nation and world in condemning the actions of the officers in Minnesota.
“The Hull Police Department fully supports the statements made by the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, in condemning the actions taken by the four members of the Minneapolis Police Department,” Chief Dunn said. “What took place represents the opposite of what every police officer should strive to do each and every day, which is to protect the lives of all citizens equally and without prejudice.”