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Posted on: April 21, 2021

Official Statement on Derek Chauvin Trial Verdict

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A Message from Chief Tod Kamleiter, Flossmoor Police Department:

Following the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial in the death of George Floyd, I want to reaffirm to our residents the Flossmoor Police Department’s commitment to being a partner with our community and a law enforcement system that is fair for all.

Over the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to have an open dialogue with many residents and I appreciate your willingness to engage with me candidly. We have made a concerted effort in increasing education and training in our department and in the past few years, our officers have undergone approximately 300 hours of training on topics like cultural competence and implicit bias. Members of our leadership team have also participated in training provided by the Government Alliance on Racial Equity and the North Shore YWCA Equity Institute.

Along with extensive training, the Flossmoor Police Department has updated its use of force policy to meet new federal guidelines on chokeholds, updated citizen comment/complaint forms, and will be implementing a body worn camera system later this year. It is my expectation that every member of the Flossmoor Police Department engages with members of the public respectfully and demonstrates integrity in all of our actions.

The Village of Flossmoor prides itself on being a welcoming, diverse and inclusive community and our residents and institutions support these values. As a community we must continue to have meaningful dialogue and work together as we look toward a place of healing and unity.

I am grateful for the trust you have in me. Members of the Flossmoor Police Department and I look forward to this important work in building trusted relationships with our community.

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