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Statement from BGPD: George Floyd

Published:
May 29, 2020
Category:
Police Department
Contact:
Ronnie Ward - 270-393-4596
Location:
Bowling Green, KY

We know there is heightened interest across the nation about the actions of police officers in Minneapolis, MN during an arrest resulting in the heinous and unnecessary death of a man in their custody. Our prayers go out to the family of George Floyd as they try to process and grieve their loss.

We know that there is heightened interest across the nation about the actions of police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota during an arrest resulting in the heinous and unnecessary death of a man in their custody. Our prayers go out to the family of George Floyd as they try to process and grieve their loss. 

The actions of this officer appear to be a criminal act and a violation of due process. We know of no other police officer or reasonable person that agrees with the actions of that Minneapolis officer – none. We should not allow the behavior of one bad officer to demonize the law enforcement profession, and many excellent and honorable officers throughout our nation. We should remember the hundreds of thousands of interactions between law enforcement officers and other citizens that occur every day across our nation without negative consequence.

We should also remember the vast majority of all police officers, both in Bowling Green and across the nation, are honorable, decent, well trained, sacrificial citizens that work hard every day and put their lives on the line every day in the service of others.

As the nation evaluates this awful incident in Minneapolis let us find unity in the reality that this officer’s behavior was almost certainly criminal and is not acceptable as a standard of behavior in professional law enforcement agencies. It has been condemned by all serious people in the law enforcement profession and in our communities. 

The City of Bowling Green through its Police Department does everything we can to eliminate the possibility of this type of unacceptable behavior occurring in our agency. A longstanding motto of our agency is “We Hire for Character, and Train for Skill”.  Using the “hiring for character” standard as the most important measure of a potential candidate sets us apart and I believe reduces the potential for misbehavior. The willful misbehavior demonstrated in Minneapolis will never be accepted, promoted, tolerated or overlooked in the Bowling Green Police Department.  This is our assurance to the citizens of Bowling Green as the Chief of Police of the Bowling Green Police Department, the City Manager, and the Bowling Green Board of Commissioners.

Chief Doug Hawkins
Mayor Bruce Wilkerson
Commissioner Joe Denning
Commissioner Sue Parrigin
Commissioner Brian “Slim” Nash
Commissioner Dana Beasley-Brown
City Manager Jeff Meisel

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