San Diego County Sheriff’s message on George Floyd protests
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego County Sheriff, Bill Gore, joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss the on going protests following a weekend of violence that accompanied rage over George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police.
“The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department supports the public’s right to free speech and assembly. We encourage the peaceful gathering of people. We respect your right to be heard. We understand the anger and frustration over the death of a man in police custody in Minnesota last week. We condemn the actions that led to the death of George Floyd. After a quick review of facts, Minneapolis Police Department Chief Medaria Arradondo took swift action in firing the officers involved. One officer is now facing murder charges and investigations are underway on local, state and federal levels. We must now allow the justice system to run its course. Violence and vandalism will not make this process any faster. We are asking all who plan to protest to do so peacefully,” said a statement released by the sheriff’s office.
Monday’s demonstrations remained relatively peaceful, although arrests were made. The gatherings followed a weekend of protests that started peaceful, but ended with clashes between protesters and police, vandalism and looting.