June 3, 2020
“You can apologize over and over, but if your actions do not change, the words become meaningless.”
Our country finds itself in the midst of social unrest, fueled by a hideous crime against all that I have pledged an oath to protect- life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. No matter color, gender, creed, or anything else that one can identify as, we in law enforcement took the same exact oath. Our oath in its most simple form is to protect those who cannot protect themselves, to preserve peace and to ensure that all are safe from harm
I am sickened and angered by the police officers responsible for killing George Floyd. The oaths that every police officer takes, our dreams to make a difference, our hard work, our training, all were degraded to nothing, as we watched in disbelief the loss of life under the knee of a police officer. To further add insanity to this atrocity, fellow officers stood by and did nothing to save that life.
We have much work to do in this Country. Saying we are sorry is not enough anymore. Our good intentions, deeds and training mean nothing if we don’t protect our fellow citizens. I as well as your Police Department, are committed to treating ALL people with respect, dignity, and fairness. We have and will continue to build positive relationships with our citizens. We also will begin an attempt to rebuild the public’s trust in law enforcement that has been rightfully severed by the recent deplorable actions of a few.
I can say with absolute certainty that The Good Police Officers of this Nation are also sickened. We too have seen all that we can endure of these types of actions. Those Police officers are the ones that I am proud to be a part of. They do stand alongside the good people of this country who demand that changes are necessary to evolve our society into one in which we ALL are truly considered equal.
Shawn P. Weaver
Chief of Police
Bellefonte Borough Police Department