VIDEO: Springfield Police Commissioner responds to protest outside police headquarters

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – On Friday, Springfield Police Commissioner responded to a protest held outside of police headquarters honoring the death of George Floyd.

Hundreds gathered to pay respects to 46-year-old George Floyd who was killed by an officer captured on video kneeling on his neck for nearly eight minutes. Thousands across the nation are protesting for justice to be served for Floyd and his family.

Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood told 22News, “I under their frustration over the incident in Minneapolis.” Clapprood then expressed how glad she was the protest in Springfield was handled peacefully and said the department may be “just as frustrated as they are.”

Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno released the following statement regarding the death of George Floyd:

“First of all, Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood and I condemn the tragedy that
occurred to Mr. George Floyd – it was atrocious and unacceptable. I urge, hope, and pray that
justice and reform will occur. My sympathy, encouragement, thoughts, and prayers go out to the
family and friends of Mr. George Floyd and the community of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

While unfortunately and terribly other cities in American are faced with violent protests, we here
in Springfield did not experience these events. Having been on-site and while myself and our
Springfield Police Department is far from perfect, I must commend our Springfield Police
Department and just as importantly, the protest groups who got there message through in an orderly and peaceful fashion.

While we all feel that more work has to be done, I know we have continued to make tremendous strides in building bridges to enhance community relationships, mutual respect, and understanding. As far as these violent protests, ‘two wrongs do not make a right’ and in no way honors the life of Mr. George Floyd and the legacy of change and mutual respect for all of us in America. May God rest his soul and may we all learn from this tragic event. We can and will do better.”

– Mayor Sarno

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