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‘We recognize our shared humanity’

Chief Lovell on the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder

Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell


The following message was made today from Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell on the anniversary of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis:


"Today marks the one year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd. The Portland Police Bureau has listened to calls for reform in policing and equity across all systems. We are dedicated to continuing and improving upon work to ensure that Police Bureau is at the service of the community.


The Portland Police Bureau is committed to public safety, with an emphasis on the sanctity of life and respect for all. The public servants of the Portland Police Bureau look forward to making closer connections and strengthening relationships as we work together to increase safety, equity and peace in our city.


We need to balance the enforcement role we have with compassion and humility and recognize our shared humanity. A journey of police reform and change is a journey we are on together and have to aid each other along the way.


We are grateful to so many who have come in peace to join in driving efforts to bring about positive change. We are committed to continuing that work with valuable partnerships and community support."

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