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Sheriff Mike Smith has written a letter to residents of Utah County to answer the most common questions he has received after the Death of George Floyd at the hands of Police in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25, 2020

*** PRESS RELEASE June 4, 2020 ***

As most people are aware, a man named George Floyd died on May 25, 2020 while in the custody of Minneapolis, Minnesota Police.  There has been a strong and emotional response across the United States, including here in Utah County, following Floyd's death.  Sheriff Mike Smith has received numerous inquiries from residents of Utah County regarding the policies and training of his Deputies and their preparedness for major incidents.  These questions also asked about how the Sheriff's Office protects Constitutional Rights of citizens and how he responds to use of force generally and complaints of use of excessive force specifically.  Sheriff Smith wrote the attached letter to answer some of the most common questions he has received over the past couple of weeks.  He remains committed to ensuring that residents of and visitors to Utah County can be confident that their rights will be protected by his Deputies.

For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office.

(801)404-1912 - Cell

(801)851-4333 - Office

Twitter:@SGTCannonPIO or @UCSO

Email:  jamesc@utahcounty.gov