Sheriff Bill Massee recently joined a number of other sheriffs and police chiefs around America in condemning the death of George Floyd, the Minnesota man who lost his life following a law enforcement encounter on May 25.
The quantity of law enforcement officials, including Massee, who’ve weighed in on the Floyd case has been unprecedented, in terms of criticism and condemnation from within the police fraternity. Massee spoke out via a post on his Facebook page last Thursday afternoon. Within a few days, the post had been shared more than 800 times and “Liked” more than 1,500 times.
Read Massee’s post: “I must tell everyone that the law enforcement actions on the video of the arrest of George Floyd is unexcusable. It doesn’t matter why he was arrested nor what crime he is accused of committing. It doesn’t matter what he has on his criminal record nor if he even has one. It doesn’t matter what spin the media or anyone tries to put on this action. It doesn’t matter if he had health or personal issues or if he was the perfect specimen of condition. The only health issue that I witnessed was a knee on a man’s neck cutting off blood flow and his breathing. What I viewed in my opinion was a criminal action.
“The first rule of law enforcement is this; when an individual is cuffed or restrained and under arrest, at that moment he is under your care, custody and control. A law enforcement officer is at that time responsible for his health and welfare.
To put it bluntly when the cuffs go on the game is over.
“We have so many great people in my profession and conduct like this hurts our reputation and standing in every community. Please do not let the actions of a few change your feelings about the many people that truly serve and protect.”