Joplin Police Chief on death of George Floyd

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Joplin Police Chief Sloan Rowland

JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin Police Chief Sloan Rowland releases a letter to the community on the death of George Floyd.

Floyd was in handcuffs while a video shows the officer holding him down, with his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes. According to the Associated Press, the officer ignored bystander shouts to get off him and Floyd’s cries that he couldn’t breathe. His death, captured on citizen video, sparked days of protests in Minneapolis that have spread to cities around America. (Read the latest: George Floyd’s family to release results of own autopsy)

Joplin Police Chief Rowland released the following:

June 1, 2020

To Our Citizens,

Considering recent events around the country I felt the need to address some issues.  I, along with every reputable law enforcement officer I have spoken to here, and around the country were shocked with the video from Minneapolis and death of George Floyd.  It evokes a visceral response of disgust, disbelief, and anger.

Those actions that the world witnessed do not in any way align with the values or ethics of the Joplin Police Department.   Our training, policies, and procedures are in direct conflict with those actions. We remain committed to serving every member of this community with professionalism and respect.  We will always support the constitutional rights of our citizens to voice their concerns in a peaceful manner and to have their voices heard.

Our primary mission as a department is to provide a safe environment for all our citizens, businesses, and our visitors.  We cannot accomplish that without the assistance of our entire community.


Police Chief Sloan Rowland