EAST BRIDGEWATER — Chief Paul O’Brien and the men and women of the East Bridgewater Police Department condemn the actions of the Minneapolis Police officers which resulted in the death of George Floyd.
“I speak for the entire staff when I say that Mr. Floyd’s death was shocking and his treatment by Minneapolis Police Officers is disturbing and intolerable,” Chief O’Brien stated. “The East Bridgewater Police Department stands with those working toward peaceful change wherever racism, hate, discrimination and violence exists.”
“While Minneapolis seems so different from our small community in East Bridgewater, I believe racism exists everywhere. We all need to do our part to put an end to this intolerance and make it clear that we are a community that has zero tolerance for racism and supports equality for all. We cannot be silent when it comes to standing for what is right and what is just,” Chief O’Brien said.
The East Bridgewater Police Department continuously updates its policies and procedures to ensure that our enforcement practices are fair and just.
The mission statement of the East Bridgewater Police Department clearly states that its officers are committed to working with the entire East Bridgewater community to make the town a safe and desirable place for all, and that they will partner with the community to solve problems and improve public safety in a manner that is fair, impartial, transparent and consistent. They stand with those members of the law enforcement community who abide by these same principles each and every day.
The Town of East Bridgewater has been made aware of another planned protest in town this weekend. It is scheduled to take place on Saturday.
The East Bridgewater Police Department supports the rights of all citizens to assemble in the name of peaceful protest. They will also continue to prioritize the safety of all East Bridgewater residents and those who enter the town, and will be fully staffed during tonight’s protest to make sure the event runs as safely as possible.