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Chief McHone calls for unity following officer involved death

By Gail M. Williams
Muleshoe Journal Correspondent

On May 25, Derek Chauvin, a Minneapolis police officer, was videotaped kneeling on the neck of a handcuffed man for almost 9 minutes while the man pleaded for breath. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office ruled the death a homicide, and an independent autopsy concluded that Floyd died as a result of mechanical asphyxiation. 
Chauvin and three other officers were fired from the police department. Chauvin was arrested and charged with third degree murder and second degree manslaughter. The other officers have not been charged.
The event sparked outrage throughout the nation, leading to peaceful protests as well as looting and rioting in many cities.
Muleshoe Police Chief Gary McHone reacted to the event with the following statement: 
“The actions taken by the officers as related to Mr. George Floyd have brought an enormous amount of dishonor to the badge and this profession.
“Community to me means two things — common and unity. Put them together and that spells Community. This means we all share many things in common that unite us. This doesn’t mean we won’t have differences at times, but it does mean we all want and deserve the same things – especially to live in a world that lifts each other up and does not tear each other down. To be treated with respect, equality, and dignity.
“As your Chief, I have made it my mission to do whatever I can to affect positive change. These are very challenging times, but together we can get through it.
“My message to and expectations of our officers and officers around the country is this:
“Wearing a uniform doesn’t separate you from community; it makes you more a part of it. There is only us and we; there is no they.
“Thank you for your time, Muleshoe. Pray for our city, our state and our country.”

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