Shimon Prokupecz of CNN has obtained an email sent to FBI employees on Friday night by director Christopher Wray.
The president may be using Twitter to make political points around the rioting, against Democrats ahead of the November election, but the man he appointed to replace James Comey at the head of the FBI is insisting US law enforcement must “protect and serve all citizens who are in custody”.
The FBI is part of a justice department civil rights investigation into the death of George Floyd. The investigation is unusually swift – usually states proceed with charges related to such deaths and if such cases fail, the federal agencies step in.
“When we fail to honour their rights, we tarnish the badge we wear, we completely erode the trust so many of us … work so hard to build, particularly within minority communities.”
“The events this past week in Minneapolis,” Wray adds, “clearly illustrate how quickly that trust can be lost.”
Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro)
FBI Director Christopher Wray sent an email to employees Friday night saying people's trust in law enforcement is eroded when officers fail to protect and serve everybody. pic.twitter.com/3VgE2euTM1