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Katie Rice

Orlando Sentinel

Orange County Sheriff John Mina weighed in on the death of George Floyd, a Minneapolis man who died Monday after being aggressively restrained by a police officer, calling the incident “inexcusable, indefensible and … unlawful” in a tweet Wednesday evening.

“We must hold those responsible accountable for their actions. Our profession must improve… Now,” he said, calling the death tragic.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey tweeted Tuesday that the four officers involved in Floyd’s death were terminated, deeming it “the right call.”

Earlier Wednesday afternoon, Orlando police Chief Orlando Rolón retweeted a statement by the Major Cities Chiefs Association on Floyd’s death which called the responding Minneapolis officers’ actions “inconsistent with the training and protocols of our profession” and praised MPD Chief Medaria Arradondo’s decision to terminate the officers.

Rolón’s response to the statement was measured, calling for law enforcement officers to support other officers in their duties but know when to intervene.

“[D]on’t hesitate to step in & prevent fellow officers from performing their duties contrary to our high standards,” he tweeted.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the incident at MPD’s request, and the FBI is launching a separate investigation, MPD said Tuesday as protests over Floyd’s death continued.

krice@orlandosentinel.com

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