Monday, November 24, 2014

Statement From Sheriff-Elect Jim McDonnell on the Ferguson Verdict #LASD

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Monday November 24, 2014, 7:58 PM

- Los Angeles County Sheriffs Dept Information Bureau (SIB)

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Advisory: Statement From Sheriff-Elect
Jim McDonnell on the Ferguson Verdict #LASD

The frustration we have seen in Ferguson, Missouri
demonstrates what can happen when a divide develops between government --
through one of its most vital agents, law enforcement -- and the
community it serves. It is why community policing and engagement must not
merely be something we do, but rather it must be who we are and how we
operate every day.
The Grand Jury in Ferguson, Missouri has spoken. Yet a
community is still fractured and many lives are forever and irreparably
I urge those who may be disappointed by today’s
decision to nonetheless respect the outcome and processes of our legal
system. The greatness of our nation comes from our ability to come
together peacefully and lawfully, to speak up about what is on our minds,
and to respect one another.
I have great confidence that the residents of Los
Angeles County will maintain calm and abide by the law in the coming
days. I also have great faith that our communities, leaders and law
enforcement will work together to ensure order and foster mutual respect.
As the incoming Sheriff of Los Angeles County, I will
continue to focus, as I have throughout my career, on strengthening lines
of communication and fortifying trust between communities and law
enforcement. I will also work to ensure that those who protect our
community are supported and safe in the difficult job that they carry
out. We must be accountable to those we protect and serve and continue to
partner with our community in performing the ever-challenging job of law
enforcement; that is how policing best maintains the safety and
well-being of our entire community.
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