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Chief Constable's message after death of George Floyd

Chief constable Andy Marsh

The Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police says he was 'horrified and concerned' at video footage showing George Floyd's treatment by police in the US.

Andy Marsh has released a statement as many groups, including ourselves, today pause social media posts as part of the #BlackOutTuesday campaign.

He said: "I would imagine like every other serving officer in the USA and across the world, I felt horror and concern at the video footage showing the senseless and tragic killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of a police officer, who’s since been dismissed from his post and charged with murder. 

 "Silence in the face of injustice incriminates us all. I do feel ashamed to have the same occupation as an individual that behaved like that and I’m concerned at the damage this will do to the work we’ve been doing to build trust, confidence and better representation within the communities we’re here to serve, protect and respect.

 "It’s important to stand up for fairness, equality and inclusion. Social responsibility is a shared response and we all need to play our part. Now is not the time for just more fine words, condemnation and calls for change. 

"We in Avon and Somerset Police, along with our communities and partners, are redoubling the important and meaningful work already in hand to contribute to a stronger, fairer society built on a foundation of equality for all."

Overnight Donald Trump described himself as the president of "law and order" as he pledged to use the army, after days of unrest across America.

Some demonstrators defied a curfew in Washington last night - with security forces using tear gas and stun grenades to clear the streets.

Today we will be joining a number of music labels and celebrities who are taking part in a social media blackout today.

It's part of a campaign in response to the death of George Floyd and aims to highlight racism and violence against black communities.

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