George Floyd died in police custody after Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for over eight minutes on May 25. The death has sparked nationwide outrage and protests calling for justice and radical police restructuring.
A letter was written by 14 officers condemning Mr Chauvin’s actions and supporting reform.
Posted on The Minneapolis Star-Tribune website on Thursday, and addressed ‘Dear everyone,” it reads: “We wholeheartedly condemn Derek Chauvin.
“Like us, Derek Chauvin took an oath to hold the sanctity of life most precious.
“Derek Chauvin failed as a human and stripped George Floyd of his dignity and life.
“This is not who we are.”
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The letter continues: “We stand ready to listen and embrace the calls for change, reform and rebuilding.
“We are with you moving forward.
“We want to work with you and regain your trust.”
The officers who wrote the letter declined further comment, saying the letter speaks for itself.
It comes after Minneapolis City Council passed a motion to disband the city’s exiting police department.
Jacob Frey, the Minneapolis mayor, did not commit to answer when asked if he would abolish the police department.
But Lisa Bender, the Minneapolis City Council, said that efforts to reform the police had not been sufficient.
She said: “Our commitment is to end policing as we know it and to recreate systems of public safety that actually keep us safe.”
Disbanding a police department has happened before: In 2012, Camden, New Jersey disbanded it’s force and replaced it with a new force covering Camden County.
Compton, California also undertook the process of disbanding and reforming its police department in 2000.
The letter also follows a CNN invitation into Minneapolis police complaints.
CNN found that around 97 percent of complaints about police officers do not result in disciplinary action.