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Butte County Sheriff responds to George Floyd death

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea shared on a Facebook post Saturday his concerns and frustrations over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Posted: Jun 1, 2020 3:12 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea shared on a Facebook post Saturday his concerns and frustrations over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. 

Much like many others, Sheriff Honea described Floyd's death as a, "murder... by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin earlier this week."

Sheriff Honea says he met with his office to discuss the incident.

"They all shared my anger, disgust and frustration. I asked them to help me look at our policies, procedures, training and culture to see if there was anything that would signal to our staff that what happened to Mr. Floyd was acceptable. We do not believe there is and will work to ensure that there never is," said Sheriff Honea.

Protests and riots began across the country in response to Floyd's death, and lack of charges towards Chauvin.

Sheriff Honea shared his worries for both authorities and protestors.

"I am concerned about the trauma this incident and its aftermath is causing so many people," said Sheriff Honea. "I am concerned for the safety of the residents of the communities experiencing violent protests. And I am concerned for the safety of law enforcement officers and other first responders trying to bring order to chaos without exacerbating the situation, while at the same time ensuring the rights of people to peacefully protest."

Peaceful protests are scheduled this week in cities across Butte County.

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