Last Wednesday, Tennessee police chief, David Roddy, put out a call to his fellow officers on Twitter, telling them that officers who didn’t take issue with the killing of George Floyd should turn in their badges.
The Chattanooga Police Department Chief wrote, “There is no need to see more video. There no need to wait to see how “it plays out”. There is no need to put a knee on someone’s neck for NINE minutes. There IS a need to DO something. If you wear a badge and you don’t have an issue with this…turn it in.”
The graphic video he refers to shows former Minneapolis police officer David Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck as he pleads with the officer over and over: “I can’t breathe.”
There is no need to see more video. There no need to wait to see how “it plays out”. There is no need to put a knee on someone’s neck for NINE minutes. There IS a need to DO something. If you wear a badge and you don’t have an issue with this...turn it in. pic.twitter.com/frNCAWCeq6— David Roddy (@ChiefDavidRoddy) May 27, 2020
The tweet has gone viral with nearly 160K retweets and over 641K likes. Police Chief Roddy has served on the force for 24 years. He is one of many US law enforcement officials who have condemned Chauvin’s horrific murder of Floyd.
Floyd was pronounced dead of a Minneapolis hospital last Monday, shortly after he was taken into custody.
Following the release of video footage of Floyd’s arrest, Chauvin was charged with third degree-murder and second-degree manslaughter. All four officers on duty were fired.
George Floyd’s arrest and murder have incited rage among the American public and inspired protests against police brutality and systemic racism all over the country.
Police Chief Roddy continues to use his platform to support the cause of Floyd and anti-racism protestors.