The City of Monterey Park values peaceful protest as vital to our democracy. Tonight, we follow the City of Los Angeles and the County of Los Angeles in imposing a City-wide curfew from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. to ensure public safety across our region. Emergency responders are exempt, as are those traveling to and from work or seeking or giving emergency care. As a City, we grieve with the family of George Floyd, feel the anguish across our broader community, and commit ourselves to the healing process that must follow.
From Monterey Park’s Chief of Police Kelly Gordon…
“The Monterey Park Police Department is committed to providing professional, fair, compassionate, and dedicated law enforcement with integrity and respect. The death of George Floyd is tragic and was unnecessary. The actions of those officers do not reflect the values of our department and tarnished the badge we all wear.
The Monterey Park Police already incorporates de-escalation as part of our defensive tactics, firearms and less than lethal weapons curriculum for decade. We utilize scenario and reality-based training to ensure our officers understand the concepts of de-escalation.
I want to take this opportunity to say I am proud to work with men and women who act with nobility and honor our oath. I am thankful for their professionalism and how they serve our community. I know they will rise to this challenge and I encourage discussion in an effort to preserve the trust we have with our community.”
Watch Commander, Monterey Park Police Department