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Tactics used in George Floyd's arrest not trained to Waco officers, Waco PD says

Posted at 3:10 PM, May 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 16:10:12-04

WACO, TX — The tactics used by Minneapolis Police Department officers in the arrest of George Floyd are not trained to Waco Police Department officers, according to a statement issued by the department.

Acting Chief Frank Gentsch began the statement by saying the department is aware of the current situations taking place. He said the department is always "evaluating situations and circumstances that occur around the nation within our own department on how we can better our officers and how we can better serve our community."

Acting Chief Gentsch said the techniques used in the video are not techniques that Waco PD officers have been trained to use. The chief said, "our officers have been trained to assess a handcuffed person’s well-being after they have been taken into custody and as part of that to maintain proper respiratory function to prevent them from going into positional asphyxiation."

Acting Chief Gentsch said the department is in constant communication with Waco community leaders to determine how they can better serve the citizens.

Full statement: