Police Chief and Mayor Write Open Letter to the Community

Police Chief and Mayor Write Open Letter to the Community Click to Enlarge

(KNSI) - As violence escalates for the third day surrounding the outrage over the death of George Floyd while in custody of the Minneapolis Police Department, St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis and St. Cloud Police Chief Blair Anderson have written an open letter to the community.

The letter says,

"In light of the growing tensions in Minneapolis and across the Nation in the aftermath of the tragic death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis Police custody, we want to reassure the citizens of St. Cloud of the myriad ways your City and in particular your St. Cloud Police Department works to earn your respect and trust each and every day.

"The St. Cloud Police Department serves under the tenets of our "Wheel of Integrity", which are: Respect, Honesty, Accountability, Transparency, and Humility. These values represent our moral compass and is an integral part of the service we provide to you.

"We support those values and our staff, sworn and non-sworn with training in implicit-bias, crisis intervention, de-escalation, and cultural awareness in addition to hundreds of hours of other training, first-rate supervisors and command staff oversight.

"The St. Cloud Police Department Command Staff imparts to and expects of each department member that the people we serve are to be treated with respect and dignity, no matter their ethnicity, income, or education level. In other words, we treat all people with the respect and dignity that all human beings deserve. We deal with the behavior with which we are confronted in a compassionate, humane manner. This ethic is supported at all levels of our City organization.

"On behalf of the entire City of St. Cloud organization and the St. Cloud Police Department, we want to express our sincere gratitude for the support and collaboration we are blessed to receive from this community. We have worked tirelessly with many community partners to craft a Police Community Agreement which covers all aspects of our duties and expectations, and the community responded by supporting us and telling us what we can expect from you and how we will work together to resolve any issues that threaten to tear the fabric of our community. We work together and working together…works!

"We are confident in the integrity and ability of every staff member as we see day in and day out how they perform their duties. We are extremely proud of the men and women of the St. Cloud Police Department and the professionalism, care, and compassion they demonstrate every day.

"The men and women of the St. Cloud Police Department are the best of the best, and you should expect no less. So, let's continue to work together to continue to make St. Cloud, a first-class community.

"We are proud and privileged to serve you."

The letter is signed by both Mayor Kleis and Chief Anderson.

KNSI can confirm one isolated incident of a window broken out of a business overnight.

Citizens are being asked to lay flowers at Lake George Friday to honor and remember George Floyd.

Floyd died while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department Monday evening. His death was captured on a now-viral video, which shows officer Derek Chauvin with his knee on Floyd's neck as Floyd is heard repeatedly saying he can't breathe. A few minutes later, Floyd loses consciousness. He was pronounced dead at Hennepin County Medical Center roughly an hour later.