Editor's note: In response to ongoing local and national demonstrations, marches and protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a black man, killed while in the custody of Derek Chauvin, a white ex-Minneapolis cop who was seen on video kneeling on Floyd's neck for nine minutes, DeKalb County law enforcement officials released the following statement Monday night, after three straight days of local demonstrations:
We, as law enforcement leaders in DeKalb County are saddened by the events unfolding across our country.
We believe every person should be treated with dignity and respect, and that all law enforcement officers have a duty to protect human rights. We do not condone police brutality. Every person has the right to be treated fairly by police officers. We also respect the right to demonstrate and have stood with those exercising their rights which we all took an oath to uphold.
Along with these beliefs, we recognize the anger and frustration that many are feeling at this time. Peaceful protests are powerful tools to make voices heard, not the destruction of our businesses and neighborhoods.
Violence and damage in our community affects everyone and greatly impacts those who have worked hard to establish their businesses and those that support families. We commend those who have raised their voice.
We ask as they continue to do so that they do it peacefully to serve as a model for our entire country. Our agencies will continue to work together with our community to foster trust and respect between the citizens and those who serve them.
DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott
DeKalb County State’s Attorney Rick Amato
DeKalb Interim Police Chief John Petragallo
Sycamore Police Chief Jim Winters
Northern Illinois University Police Chief Tom Phillips