“The Pepperell Police Department does not often issue statements regarding incidents that happen outside of our small town borders. We use our social media presence as a platform to keep our community informed about our work, and leave it to our residents to seek out important information about the world around us.
“But the killing of George Floyd is a national tragedy, and we should not remain silent about it.
“We have heard from some of our Pepperell residents via phone and email. We hear your concerns and we stand with you as your public safety officials.
“We stand with every American who has raised their voice in peaceful protest, and we are united with the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association and many other police departments in denouncing the egregious actions of the officers involved in the death of George Floyd. Our police department continues to abide by our mission statement, which includes being dedicated to providing the highest quality of public service with honesty, respect, and fairness while focusing on our core values of professionalism, integrity, honesty, and character.”