Hundreds of people gathered in Santa Cruz, California, on Saturday to kneel in memory of George Floyd – including police chief Andy Mills.
Mills posted a picture of himself from the protest, with the comment, “A small part of a very peaceful protest. Black Lives Door Matter.”
The chief had earlier issued a message to local residents about the death of George Floyd – condemning former policeman Derek Chauvin.
“Chauvin’s actions and those around him are in opposition to what we see as good policing. Other officials had a responsibility to stop these violent attacks and stop them, and they failed. ” Mills Dr..
Santa Cruz police posted the powerful image With sincere captions on Instagram – which has received praise from followers.
“SCPD is a staunch supporter of peaceful protests in the city of Santa Cruz – and we always keep them safe,” the department wrote.
Mills has made a number of statements in the past few days criticizing police involved in Floyd’s death.
“If a police officer sees a police officer walking on his neck, he is out of breath, will they wait for an arrest? How is it different? ” Mills tweeted.
Mill’s comments came as police across the country cracked down on protesters with tear gas, rubber bullets and even drove them in squad vehicles.