More statements on the death of George Floyd

Florida Sheriffs Association Statement on Death of George Floyd and Arrest of Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin

“As President of the Florida Sheriffs Association and on behalf of all Florida sheriffs, I offer our sympathies to the family of George Floyd.

The Minneapolis police officer used deadly force in a situation where there was no justification. The other officers present should have intervened to stop the officer who had his knee on George Floyd’s neck. These officers’ actions are not representative of sheriff’s deputies in Florida or the law enforcement profession, and the actions are inconsistent with law enforcement policies and training.

As leaders, it is imperative that we demand accountability in order to maintain trust in the communities we serve and we stand with others today in seeking that accountability.”

—Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, FSA President

Statement from the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce

We are all saddened by the tragic death of George Floyd and the subsequent events occurring throughout the world. This past week has reflected the frustration felt by so many.
With deep sorrow and anger, as we closely watch the direct protests to the death of George Floyd, this serves as yet another painful reminder that racism has no place in our society.
We are proud of the example that our community has provided by engaging in peaceful, positive protests that convey the frustration and pain felt by many of our citizens.
The employees, members, and families of the Greater Pensacola Chamber are committed to helping sustain diverse and inclusive communities that are free of oppression. The chamber stands in strong support of these efforts.