Flower Mound Police Chief Andy Kancel is among several police chiefs in North Texas to share their thoughts regarding the death of George Floyd last week.
Floyd, a black man, died in police custody May 25 after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, was captured on video kneeling against his neck for several minutes, not moving when Floyd said he could not breathe. Chauvin has been charged with murder and manslaughter. Three other officers at the scene are under investigation.
“We stand with the many police departments around the country and condemn the officers’ actions that led to the horrific death of George Floyd in Minneapolis,” Kancel said in his letter. “Without a doubt these actions do not represent our profession’s values and are in direct contrast with the Flower Mound Police Department’s core values of integrity, honor, trust and fairness.
“The men and women who put on the Flower Mound badge remain committed to protecting and serving all members of our community with dignity and respect,” the letter continued. “Furthermore, we support the Constitutional rights of all Americans, including the right to assemble.”
Denton County Sheriff Tracy Murphree described his anger in a Facebook post.
“I’m angry that a man lost his life. I’m angry that officers sworn to serve and protect their citizens dishonored that oath,” his post said. “I’m angry that every man and woman that wears a badge in this country will pay for that dishonor. I’m angry that voices who protest this incident and seek an answer with sincerity will be silenced by the destruction and criminal activities of mobs who only seek to steal and burn the city down. I’m angry that this will become a political football punted back and forth between political parties both blaming the other. I’m angry that people are getting hurt and killed in all the chaos. I’m angry about some of the comments that will be made on this post attacking me and my profession.
“I’ve put cops in prison for murder to theft,” his posted continued. “Nothing turns my stomach more than a bad cop. No other profession pays more for the sins of those who disgrace that profession. I’m angry and every good cop who does this job day in and day out with honor is angry too. The only answer I have is I will do my best each and every day to uphold my oath and will do my best to serve with honor. I will expect that of those who work for me as well.”
Other police chiefs across North Texas have posted similar thoughts on social media.
“When the actions of a bad officer tarnishes his badge, my badge is tarnished,” said The Colony Police Chief David Coulon said in a post. “I take personal offense to this and to the disgrace brought to the badges of good TCPD officers. I support the decision of Minneapolis Police Chief to fire the officer, and I concur with the mayor of Minneapolis that the officer must be held accountable as quickly and thoroughly as possible.”
Carrollton Police Chief Derick Miller tweeted, “The death of George Floyd is tragic and unjust. These actions are not indicative of the men and women who do this job the right way every day. Professionalism, dignity and respect should be our guiding values. Our compass should always point to these ideals.”