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Small group of MPD officers speak out, criticize Derek Chauvin

The 14 who signed the letter say they represent hundreds of MPD officers.

Fourteen officers with the Minneapolis Police Department have issued what they've called an "open letter" that represents the "vast majority" of officers within the department. 

In the letter, directed mainly at Minneapolis residents, the group says it "wholeheartedly" condemns former officer Derek Chauvin, who was fired and charged with second-degree murder in connection to the death of George Floyd. 

Chauvin held his knee against Floyd's neck and head for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, maintaining that position of dominance even while Floyd was handcuffed and unresponsive. 

The 46-year-old Black man died during the May 25 apprehension, which saw four cops – all now fired and criminally charged – respond to a report of Floyd using counterfeit money at Cup Foods at the corner of 38th and Chicago Ave. in south Minneapolis. 

"Like us, Derek Chauvin took an oath to hold the sanctity of life most precious," the letter from the 14 officers says. "Derek Chauvin failed as a human and stripped George Floyd of his dignity and life. 

"This is not who we are. We Are With You and want to communicate a sentiment that is broad within our ranks. We ask that our voices be heard. We are leaders, formal and informal, and from all ranks within the Minneapolis Police Department."

The group, albeit only 14 named in the letter, which can been seen in full here via KSTP, say they represent hundreds of MPD officers. 

"We stand ready to listen and embrace the calls for change, reform and rebuilding. We Are With You moving forward. We want to work with you and for you to regain your trust," the letter concludes. 

The letter comes amid the Minneapolis City Council aiming to disband city police and replace it with community-led policing, though details of what a new form of police would look like isn't clear. 

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