Prepared By: Mayor Nancy Guenst and Chief James Gardner
On: Friday, May 29, 2020
Incident in Minneapolis: Borough of Hatboro Mayor Nancy Guenst and Hatboro Police Chief James Gardner have issued a joint statement concerning the recent tragic events in Minneapolis:
Every human being, regardless of race, has inalienable rights and should be treated with dignity and respect. The video that has emerged of the arrest of George Floyd is shocking and horrifying on many levels. Kneeling on a handcuffed persons neck, who appears to be compliant, is simply inhumane and cannot be condoned in any way. The officers involved in this incident must be held accountable and justice must be served.
As we have seen in the past, when events like this occur, even in distant places, the challenging job of law enforcement is made even more difficult by the actions of a few. As leaders of the Hatboro Police Department, which received state accredited status earlier this year, we are proud to have a well trained and disciplined police force with sound use of force policies. The Borough of Hatboro is committed to having the best trained police officers possible. The Hatboro Police Department looks to work with any community groups that may have concern with this incident, or other matters of mutual concern, for the betterment of our community and the law enforcement profession. The safest communities are those that work in partnership with their police to make their communities the best places to live, work and raise a family. The Hatboro Police Department is committed to these ideals. Our thoughts are not only with the family and friends of Mr. Floyd, but with the citizens, police officers, first responders, business owners and government officials in Minneapolis during this difficult time. We wish for peace in your community and across the nation.