I'm writing this in the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis last week. In the words of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, President â€" Chief Steven R. Casstevens: â€œThe callousness and disregard shown to Mr. Floyd sickening and leaves everyone, including police officers across this nation, shocked, appalled, and infuriated. Mr. Floyd's death is a painful reminder to all who strive for justice of the work that remains before us."And, Connecticut Police Chiefs Association, President â€"Chief Keith Mello writes: 'Every person deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, this is the foundation of our profession. Any violation of these core tenets is inexcusable." We at the Brookfield Police Department are in complete agreement with these statements.
Mr. Floyd's death has caused great pain to many and the resulting agony has very understandably sparked protests across the country. I believe most of the protests have been peaceful but many have resulted in unfortunate violence that has largely been the focus of the national media. All of the protests speak to a great frustration with the pace of progress towards achieving the goals of safer and more just communities.
It is our goal - it is our mission - to provide Brookfield with a Police Department that is responsive to the needs of our community while at the same time being responsible and accountable to the community for the way in which we carry out that mission. Our officers are educated, trained, and committed to providing fair and impartial policing to the Citizens we take an Oath to protect, in accordance with the Laws we take an Oath to uphold. Anything less is unacceptable.
We hope we always meet the challenge of serving you well.
In solidarity with all who seek justice.
Jay Purcell, Chief of police
June 1, 2020