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On the Death of George Floyd

Today Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski issued the following statement:

“The public entrusts law enforcement officers with immense power to perform their duties. When officers abuse that power, they must be held accountable. George Floyd’s death demands that those involved be brought to justice.

Across our nation, we have seen far too many examples of black and brown communities suffering at the hands of officers that have dishonored their profession.

In Baltimore County and throughout the country, we need to have difficult and honest conversations to meaningfully address the deeply-rooted challenges we face, embracing the values of diversity, equity and inclusion.”


Continuing Our Mission of Advancing Public Safety

"A law enforcement agency should look like the community it serves. As I have said repeatedly since taking office, I am committed to increasing diversity in the County’s Police Department. Chief Hyatt shares this commitment and we have already taken concrete steps forward. In the interest of moving forward and while denying any liability for actions by prior administrations, we have stopped using the test that the Justice Department believes has an adverse impact on African American applicants. We have created two diversity-focused positions in County governmentone for the County at large and one specifically for the Police Department. We will continue to work with Chief Hyatt, Department leadership, the Fraternal Order of Police, the Blue Guardians and other organizations that represent our officers, in order to ensure that our Police Department is diverse, vibrant and reflects the diversity of Baltimore County’s communities. We are willing to negotiate with the Department of Justice to resolve this matter in a way that best serves the Baltimore County Police Department and our mission of advancing public safety for all of Baltimore County."


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017