This statement comes from the chief of the Missoula Police Department, the chief of the University of Montana Police Department, the Missoula County sheriff, the mayor of the City of Missoula, and the president of the University of Montana.

‘We recognize that as leaders in law enforcement, government and higher education, we have a particular responsibility to foster a welcoming and inclusive community.’

‘And so, as we have witnessed troubling events and racial injustice in Minneapolis and across the country, we reaffirm our shared commitment to an inclusive, welcoming and supportive Missoula community that values and promotes diversity in all its forms. We each have an important role to play as advocates for justice and equity, and we as leaders commit to acting in solidarity against racism and acts of discrimination, injustice and violence. During this challenging time for our society, let this be an opportunity for our community to come together to speak and act in ways that make Missoula a place worthy of all people.’

Numerous protests and even riots causing massive destruction in cities around the country have occurred after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, who was killed as a result of police violence.

The former police officer has been arrested and charged with third degree murder and manslaughter, and three other officers have been fired.