Los Angeles Police Chief Moore Says Protestors Are Equally Reasonable For George Floyd’s Death, Later Says He Misspoke
Update #2: LAPD Chief Moore, who has been chief of the department since 2018, issued an apology for his recent statements. He says:
“During a press conference earlier today, I misspoke when making a statement about those engaging in violent acts following the murder of Mr. George Floyd.
“While I did immediately correct myself, I recognize that my initial words were terribly offensive. Looting is wrong, but it is not the equivalent of murder and I did not mean to equate the two.
“I deeply regret and humbly apologize for my characterization.
“Let me be clear: the police officers involved were responsible for the death of Mr. George Floyd.”
Original Story: Los Angeles Police Chief Moore is receiving backlash after comments he made at a press conference, regarding protestors in Los Angeles, in the wake of the death of George Floyd. He says that the city made almost 700 arrests to people who were not compliant to the curfew,
“Last night we saw the full impact of the curfew with out ability to police areas of downtown, and also the West side, but also the Valley were we saw roving groups of individuals that were not compliant with the curfew, and we believe were out to loot and prey upon businesses our community. And out officers actions were able to identify those individuals and make a number fo arrests. Last night just under 700 arrests.”
He adds that out of the 700 arrests, 70 of those people were doing criminal acts,
“And within those 700 arrests were 70 individuals, who were either burglarizing, looting, or victimizing businesses further. So what that tells me is that too things; we didn’t have protests last night, we had criminal acts. We didn’t have people mourning the death of this man, George Floyd, we had people capitalizing.”
The internet is calling to have him fired by Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti, after he says that protestors are just as responsible for George Floyd’s death as the officers involved. He stated:
“His death is on their hands, as much as it is those officers. And that is a strong statement, but I must say that this civil arrest that we are in the midst of, we must turn a corner from the people who are involved in violence. People who are involved in preying upon others. The actions last night I am encouraged for Los Angeles, but I am discouraged for Santa Monica, and Long Beach”
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Mayor Garcetti later issued an apology on behalf go Chief Moore on social media.
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