BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Protests over the death of George Floyd are occurring throughout the United States.
Protests are happening in Baton Rouge too.
Over the last two days, protesters have peacefully made their voices heard on Siegen Ln.
Local leaders have joined the chorus of national voices condemning the death of George Floyd.
EBR Sheriff Sid Gautreaux released this statement about the death of George Floyd:
I share in the outrage, frustration and sadness of the treatment and tragic death of George Floyd. I was sickened and heartbroken to see such callous disregard for another human being. I have always said that if you do not have a heart for service, there is no place for you in law enforcement. Unfortunately, such reprehensible behavior undermines the important relationship and trust between law enforcement and the community we serve. Most of us share the same desires for peace, security and equality. Now, more than ever, we must do the work needed to repair and strengthen that relationship and restore trust through respect and compassion.
I want to thank those in our community that have peacefully protested. I respect and appreciate your right to be heard. I personally value your voice and your input. As leaders we must humbly listen and committedly learn and grow.
Last night on Siegen Lane our deputies worked with the many peaceful protestors and spent hours helping facilitate and keep them safe as they walked. We did, however, have to step in at one point when some lay down in the roadway. While the vast majority of those present were peaceful, a small group threw water bottles and rocks at law enforcement, breaking a window.
I want to reassure any protestors that we will continue to ensure your safety and protect your right to peacefully assemble and speak freely, as we will ensure the safety of all of our residents and their property. We will not allow any acts of violence, destruction of property or obstruction of our roadways. Standing or walking in the road not only obstructs traffic, potentially blocking life-saving first responders, it is dangerous to the pedestrian as well as those in vehicles.
I pray that as a community and as a nation we will continue to come together and listen to each other with compassion and treat each other with respect and kindness.
EBR Sheriff Sid Gautreaux
East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore also gave his thoughts through this statement:
George Floyd died on Monday, May 25.