As some may know, i work for a large financial institution that is based out of Minneapolis. Just had an email sent out by the CEO to the entire company talking about George Floyd, the black man killed by Minneapolis PD on Monday. Yes, the email is a little fluffy. But the fact that he was willing to even mention it, I'm impressed by. "I'm trying to find the right words to tell our entire team, and especially people of color, that I helieve their lives matter. That while I have been fortunate to never experience the threats, fear, and helplessness that comes with being oppressed, I understand the anger, shock, and need for hope. We talk about the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion as a society, but it is hard to say progress is being made when these are the headlines dominating the news. We have to do better, and I believe we can start right here at the bank." On a side note, I'm blown away by these fucking departments killing people. Especially minorities. I was a trooper for four years, and I am so glad that my agency did not teach or support many of these tactics and tools that other agencies are using. I would watch these youtube videos and say "what the hell were they doing?" I was just very fortunate that our agency taught that we were accountable for every bullet. That the use of force was a continuum, and you could go back down in force as the situation changed. Once I had a city pd helping me on a hit and run, abandoned car and fled the scene. Found the guy still drunk at his house. As we started to take the guy into custody, the drunk slapped at the pd's hands. He looked at him very seriously and said "please don't do that again." We still had to force his arms together to cuff them, but he did not strike out again. I asked the other officer why he did not want to press charges for his hands being slapped. He explained it was only his hands, he was not hurt, it was one time, and the guy was drunk. If he had been hurt or in actual fear, it would have been different. But he gave the guy a chance to not make it worse, and he didn't. I was impressed with his restraint reasoning. He wasn't just going to hang more paper on the guy because he could. That is policing. That is using but not abusing police powers.