All 23 CSU police chiefs stand in solidarity and unity with the students, faculty, and staff of the California State University in sending our condolences to the family and loved ones of George Floyd, denouncing the excessive use of force, and reaffirming our commitment and determination in fostering a campus culture that prioritizes compassion and care for all as part of our job in law enforcement. The statement below from CSU police chiefs joins with Chancellor White and President Morales as we work together for solutions and deeper commitments that promote social justice across all communities.  We are inspired by the members of our community who have raised their voices and we will not waiver in our support for those who exercise their First Amendment rights to safeguard the dignity of all human beings.

Chief Nina Jamsen

Read Chancellor’s Tim White’s letter.

Read President Tomás Morales’ letter.

June 4, 2020 

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Standing in Unity with the California State University Community 

From the CSU Police Chiefs 

Our hearts are heavy as we process the tragic death of George Floyd, a man who was killed while in the custody of Minneapolis police officers last week. The actions of the officers captured during the video are deeply disturbing. Many of our community members are justifiably outraged, and so are we. 

All 23 police chiefs for the CSU campuses across California are united in denouncing excessive use of force and lack of due care for human life. We send our sincerest condolences to Mr. Floyd’s family and loved ones. 

Mr. Floyd’s death is one of many incidents that has prompted conversations surrounding our country’s deep-rooted history in racism, power, and oppression – especially in our African-American/Black community. We hear our nation calling out for justice and equity, and we are listening. However, we understand that it is not enough to listen. Addressing these critical issues will require action by everyone, including law enforcement. 

To that end, we reaffirm our commitment to fostering a culture that prioritizes compassion and care for all. The law enforcement oath to protect and serve is a responsibility we take seriously, as we hold ourselves to a higher standard to build trust in our communities. We will continue to engage in open dialogue, review our practices, revise our training, improve our cultural education, enforce accountability, collaborate with our community leaders, and maintain transparency. 

We will not waiver in our mission to preserve the rights of all who peacefully assemble. We are inspired by our communities, cities, and nation using their presence and voices to safeguard the sacred rights and dignity of all human beings. 

We stand with you in unity.

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