Statement from Chief of Police James D. Carroll
The New Castle Police Department would like to extend our deepest condolences to the Floyd family.
We join our fellow law enforcement colleagues in denouncing the actions, and inactions, of the Minneapolis police officers that caused the death of George Floyd. The officer’s tactics and failure to intervene are inexplicable, and they must be held accountable.
We are sad. We are angry. We are disgusted. Sad for George Floyd, his family, friends, and everyone affected by this tragedy. We’re angry that the actions of a few will affect all of us. We’re disgusted that anyone wearing a police uniform would do what we all saw in that video. The actions and inactions of the officers in question are not a reflection on all the hard-working men and women in uniform who serve and protect us every day. Please know that we are more than a uniform, we are ordinary people and we stand with you. We anticipate and welcome difficult conversations that will result in progressive changes. Our commitment to public safety remains the same. We are committed to serving all citizens equally, compassionately, and with the intent of keeping unity within our community. We reject any behavior that abuses the trust bestowed upon our Department. We support non-violent civil disobedience, not criminal actions that result in injuries to people and damage to property.
We are here to support and respect the rights of everyone who lives or visits our Town and take every measure to ensure their safety.”