City of Amesbury Responds to Recent Police Brutality

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Mayor Kassandra Gove, Chief William Scholtz, and the City’s leadership condemn the recent police brutality which resulted in the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Mr. Floyd is one man whose life was taken unnecessarily due to police action, and there have been others who should also not be forgotten; Eric Garner, Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown, Philando Castile and too many more.

“I am sickened by what happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis last week. Everyone should be able to rely on the Police to keep them safe, not inflict harm. The Amesbury Police Department has worked hard in recent years to develop and maintain a strong, positive relationship with all members of our community. They have specific training and protocols to ensure what happened in Minneapolis could never happen here," stated Mayor Gove.

The City of Amesbury supports and works towards inclusivity for all who live, work and visit here. The peaceful protest to support the Black Lives Matter movement, scheduled in Amesbury for Tuesday afternoon, showcases our residents’ dedication to each other and the community at large.

Police Chief William Scholtz, "understands people’s desire to express their frustration and anger on this problem, and I appreciate the protest organizer reaching out to me directly to make sure we can help keep the event peaceful. The Amesbury Police Department will be at the protest to make sure that everyone stays safe. I welcome the community to talk with me or my team at the protest, and voice your concern and frustrations with us.”

The Amesbury Police Department is dedicated to keeping every resident in our community safe from harm, and is trained in de-escalation techniques. Amesbury Police are trained to follow the four tenets of Procedural Justice:

  • Voice: Listen first.
  • Neutrality: Be fair in your interactions with all citizens, including those who call for help and those suspected of committing a crime.
  • Respectful Treatment: Treat all people with respect.
  • Trustworthiness: Do what’s best for the people you serve.

“The actions of one officer and the in-action of several other officers, leading to the death of George Floyd, is unconscionable and unacceptable. Our officers are trained in de-escalation, and to use only the amount of force necessary to resolve an issue, and no more," stated Chief Scholtz.