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Former Ada County Sheriff talks about George Floyd death

Former Ada County Sheriff talks about George Floyd death
Posted at 5:34 PM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 19:34:32-04

BOISE, Idaho — Former Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney left his position in 2015 to work with the Department of Justice and become a legal consultant on in-custody death cases. He says there is no question the knee choke placed on George Floyd was improper and a third degree murder charge is appropriate. But what about the three other officers who did not step in and stop the action?

"The officer we see standing up watching this certainly violated policy and in most agencies he's be fired for not intervening," said Raney. "But there's a big difference between common sense and criminal law and I think it'll be very hard for them to pursue a prosecution."

Raney says there needs to be more standardized training for officers across the country. He says too many officers have gotten away from regular contact with their community, which inspires trust.