Minneapolis police officers condemn former colleague Derek Chauvin charged with killing George Floyd in open letter
Former Minneapolis Police Officer, Derek Chauvin: (Sheriff of Hennepin County)
More than a dozen members of the Minneapolis Police Department have condemned their former colleague Derek Chauvin in an open letter about George Floyd's death.
After Floyd's murder on May 25, fourteen officials signed the letter on Thursday, addressed to "everyone - but especially the citizens of Minneapolis".
"Derek Chauvin failed as a human being and robbed George Floyd of his dignity and life. This is not who we are," the letter said.
"We are ready to listen and accept the demands for change, reform and reconstruction," he adds.
In their statement, the officials also say they represent "the voices of hundreds of other police officers in Minneapolis".
One day after the letter was published, the Minneapolis City Council unanimously passed a decision to replace the police department with a community-led public security system.
A few days earlier, the city council had decided to dissolve the city's police department. Five of the city council members wrote that Floyd's murder is "a tragedy that shows that no reforms will prevent fatal violence and abuse by some members of the police force, members of our community, particularly black and black people".
Jacob Frey, the city's mayor, said this week that he supports "massive structural reforms to revise a structurally racist system." However, he no longer asked for the dismantling of the police department.
Mr. Chauvin is the official charged with murdering Floyd after kneeling on the back of his neck for almost nine minutes while holding him.
He was originally charged with third degree murder and manslaughter, but after weeks of protests this was expanded to second degree murder and manslaughter.
Earlier this week, CNN reported that Mr. Chauvin could receive $ 1 million (£ 797,000) in pension benefits even if he is convicted of the crime.
Additional reporting from Reuters
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