Kendall County Sheriff Dwight Baird

Kendall County Sheriff Dwight Baird. ( photo by James Wyman)

Kendall County's Sheriff issued a statement on Friday in regard to the news out of Minneapolis of the death of George Floyd, who died after a now fired and charged police officer placed his knee on the man's neck for several minutes while the man pleaded he could not breathe.

Sheriff Dwight Baird said that in his 29 years of law enforcement and training, "I have never seen such an abuse of police power as I did when I watched the video of George Floyd’s killing in Minneapolis."

Sheriff Baird said, "based on just the video I can see no justified reason for the actions of the police officer" and he said in relation to local enforcement, "this type of action has not, and will never be, tolerated at the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office."

ABC News reported on Friday afternoon that the ex-officer, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Riots and looting have ensued in Minneapolis and protests are being reported around the country.

Sheriff Baird added in his statement that his office is, "committed to providing education and training for our deputies to avoid an incident of this type in Kendall County. As such the culture of the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office is to be fair, unbiased, and to only use force that is reasonable and necessary. We ensure this through our long-standing policies and practices and a review of each use of force incident."

Baird said the sheriff's office stands committed to equal and fair treatment for all citizens, and he quoted Martin Luther King Jr. who said, "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

View Sheriff Baird's full statement, here: 

As WSPY reported earlier this week, another local law enforcement leader, Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman, condemned the actions. She said in an updated statement on Friday, "people of color are outraged. White people are outraged. Any cop who doesn’t feel the same should get out of our profession."

View her full statement, here: