Eagle Pass Police Chief Albert Guajardo issued out a statement regarding the death of George Floyd and the involvement of four former Minneapolis police officers. Chief Guajardo also pointed out to any Individuals right to peacefully protest.
“The First Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly and the right of individuals to speak freely. It does not however provide for the right of the people to damage, deface, destroy or take people’s personal property,” wrote Chief Guajardo. “We as a Police Department, do not condone the actions of the four former Minneapolis police officers. One should not reflect the actions of a few to be the actions of all. We are all human and should always be treated as such with respect and dignity even during adverse times.”
“A person becomes a law enforcement officer in order to give back to our communities and make it a safer place for all. Our goal as law enforcement officers should be to leave this world better than when we came into it, not to be better than anyone else,” added Guajardo.” The actions and incidents that have occurred nationwide do not express the wrong that has befallen Mr. Floyd. These incidents of destruction, chaos and fear have taken on a whole new meaning and do not help the situation. It is a time for our communities to unify and come together to end beliefs that are still practiced to this day.”
“The United States has come a long way since the days of the Reverend Martin Luther King whose ideologies still reverberate loudly to this very day. People of all races, colors, creeds and sex have the right to purse happiness and success, and we as law enforcement officers should do everything within our means to assure the health and safety of all in the pursuit of those dreams,” stated Guajardo. “Protests and assemblies are one’s right under the law, and we as Police Officers will stand and walk with you in order to protect your right to do so peacefully. This is our community; our home, and we must treat it as such and not allow the actions of others to dictate our responses. We take a knee in solidarity and for peace not only in our community, but for our entire nation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mr. George Floyd, Godspeed.”