Dear Friends and Supporters,
We write to you today with heavy hearts, and to give voice to our continued feelings of sadness, disbelief and disgust regarding the horrible death of Mr. George Floyd at the hands of four (4) Minneapolis Police Officers. We say four (4) officers, because three officers stood by and watched their colleague take Mr. Floyd’s life over a very painful eight and a half minutes, while Mr. Floyd begged for his life. The delay in charging ex-police officer Derek Chauvin with third degree murder and manslaughter, escalated the violence we are witnessing across the country. We believe the state must also address the actions of the other three officers and charge appropriately. We want justice for George Floyd.
We are also outraged and devastated that great police officers, who put their lives on the line to protect people, are being killed and maimed too in the senseless looting and rioting in our city and the nation. The horrendous actions of a small percentage in police departments, disgrace ALL police officers and police departments across our country. The Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) was hit with rocks / bottles / chemicals / urine / bricks these past several days as our city gets torn apart. One officer was intentionally run over by an SUV. It sickens us. We support Philadelphia Police - over 6,000 men and women from every racial background -- purposely standing in harms way day after day. Despised by so many, not due to anything they did personally, but due to the actions of a few rogue law enforcement officers across the country. Philadelphia Police Officers have saved lives, rescued lives, protected lives, and will continue to do so, despite being spit on and hated.
We believe changes are needed. Police Executives MUST ensure that the hiring, retention, discipline, and ultimately dismissal processes are fair and swift. And it is paramount that all police departments receive on-going Diversity and Bias Training. This training must be internalized and practiced everyday by every police officer. Starting with former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and continuing under Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, the Philadelphia Police Foundation (PPF) financially supports the Departments mission to train all Philadelphia Police Officers, from recruits up to the Commissioner, on recognition of Bias and Diversity Training, as well as Leadership and Succession Training.
Policing must “get it right” in recognizing police personnel who are not fit to serve our communities. These individuals do not deserve to wear the badge. Thank you for all you do to support the mission of the Philadelphia Police Foundation as a Force Behind the Shield in helping the Philadelphia Police Department deliver “HONOR, SERVICE AND INTEGRITY” to the citizens of this city.
We pray for the safety of the Philadelphia Police Department and we pray for justice and peace here and nationwide.
The Philadelphia Police Foundation