It’s not hyperbole to say this past weekend was one of the worst in America’s long and complicated history.
Peaceful protests in the name of George Floyd during the day turned to violence and looting at night.
While the majority of the news was tough to watch, there were some brief moments of hope in places like Michigan, and now, Tennessee.
After the video of George Floyd’s arrest and his subsequent death, a Tennessee police chief tweeted his thoughts on the matter and made a powerful statement directed at his own officers and police across the country.
Chattanooga Police Department Chief David Roddy said police officers who don’t see an issue with the graphic video showing former Minneapolis police officer David Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck as the 46-year-old repeatedly said, “I can’t breathe,” should turn in their badges.
“There is no need to see more video,” tweeted Roddy. “There no need to wait to see how ‘it plays out’. There is no need to put a knee on someone’s neck for NINE minutes. There IS a need to DO something. If you wear a badge and you don’t have an issue with this…turn it in.”
The tweet has struck a cord online. Since posting the message on Wednesday, the tweet has been liked over 639K times.
There is no need to see more video. There no need to wait to see how “it plays out”. There is no need to put a knee on someone’s neck for NINE minutes. There IS a need to DO something. If you wear a badge and you don’t have an issue with this…turn it in. pic.twitter.com/frNCAWCeq6
— David Roddy (@ChiefDavidRoddy) May 27, 2020
The tweet even struck a nerve with police officers across the U.S.
I share your sentiment wholeheartedly. 9 minutes took Mr. Floyd's life and set back our profession 50 years. God bless those who wear the badge honorably each and every day. To those who tarnish it, please walk in today and turn in your badge!
— Orlando Aguilera (@na229grad) May 28, 2020
Unfortunately, that meme is 100% correct. Can I state here for everyone to see, please believe me when I say WE are NOT all like this, and I am embarrassed that one of my Blue Brothers has acted in such an inhumane manner towards another human being. I am sorry beyond words🙏
— Grant W. Ellis⚫️⚪️🔵 (@Grant_W_Ellis) May 28, 2020
Yes, Chief. Right on! Absolutely right.
— Chris Magnus (@ChiefCMagnus) May 27, 2020
Roddy has 24 years of police service, according to the Chattanooga Police Department website.