NYPD Commissioner: ‘We Stand With The Floyd Family’

Peter Haskell
June 03, 2020 - 5:26 pm
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    NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea on Wednesday spoke with George Floyd’s brother and told New Yorkers the department stands in solidarity with his family. 

    Terrence Floyd, who lives in Brooklyn, was expected to meet with Shea and the Reverend Kevin McCall at The House of The Lord Church on Atlantic Avenue during the afternoon but was too overwhelmed to attend, as prosecutors in Minnesota announced new charges in the case

    The group spoke with Floyd over the phone, according to McCall, after nearly a week of protests and demonstrations across New York City demanding justice for George, who died after a white police officer was seen on video kneeling on his neck for several minutes. 

    Following the meeting, McCall told reporters that while Floyd could not be at the meeting in person, he wanted the violence to end. 

    “He wanted to call for peace and he wanted to call for justice. He wanted to make sure that we can’t get one without the other,” McCall said on Floyd’s behalf. 

    During their meeting, three other officers involved in the death were charged with aiding and abetting murder. The murder charge against the fourth, Derek Chauvin, was also elevated to second-degree, from third-degree.

    “We are hearing that justice is being made and we’re moving in the direction of justice, and that’s a good thing, but we must continue to keep the conversation going right here in New York City,” McCall said. 

    Commissioner Shea said he felt the Floyd family’s pain and wanted to show them support during this difficult time. 

    “On behalf of the entire New York City Police Department, the nation's largest police department, that we stand with the Floyd family,” he said. 

    He's hoping for a constructive dialogue moving forward.

    “Men and women of this police department, I am extremely proud of. We make mistakes and law enforcements across this country make mistakes,” he said. "I truly hope that this is a beginning of a dialogue that will bring peace as much as possible to the Floyd family, but to New York City and this country as a whole."

    Meanwhile, the Reverend Herbert Daughtry, a veteran civil rights leader, said he thinks the youth and diversity of the protests is different this time and have the power to create a new world.

    “We got a chance to change. I'd like to see it in my lifetime,” he said.

    Meanwhile, McCall is calling for peace on the streets. To those individuals who are breaking windows and looting stores McCall says, "Don't do it in the name of George Floyd."

    A memorial prayer service for George Floyd will be held Thursday at Cadman Plaza Park in downtown Brooklyn at 1 p.m. Floyd’s family will be in attendance. 

    After the service, there will be a march that will head over the Brooklyn Bridge and end at Foley Square in lower Manhattan.

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