BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The top two law enforcement officials in Bedford County issued a joint statement on Monday in response to the death of George Floyd and the ensuing protests against law enforcement.
On Monday, June 8, Sheriff Michael Miller of Bedford County and and Chief F.T. Foreman of the Bedford Police Department released a joint statement discussing the importance of trust and relationships between law enforcement and members of the Bedford County community.
“The actions of a few law enforcement officers have smeared the honorable profession of law enforcement with a single disgraceful act in which Mr. George Floyd lost his life. The actions of these officers displayed a total disregard for the life of Mr. Floyd. A police officer or deputy has the duty of care for any person in their custody. They have the responsibility for the safety and health of the individual. This includes the manner of restraint and to ensure the person is not in physical distress. Others have the duty to intervene if they see an officer or deputy not acting in the proper manner. These officers who were involved when Mr. Floyd lost his life failed in these areas. The actions of these officers are indefensible.”Bedford County Sheriff Michael Miller and Bedford Chief of Police F.T. Foreman
The two authority figures say the actions of the police officers in Minneapolis do not represent the values of law enforcement in Bedford County. As such, Foreman says the Bedford Police Department established a set of core values for its officers, including respect, integrity, courage, teamwork, and innovation.
Meanwhile, the core values expected of deputies — such as relationships with the community, responsibility, the ability to reach out to citizens, and respect — are stated in the mission statement for the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, according to Miller.
Miller and Foreman close the statement by saying they are both available to their communities to make sure actions like those in Minneapolis do not occur in Bedford County.
“We all hold our officers and deputies to a high standard and have the best working at our agencies,” the statement says.
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