Michael Turner, left, and Ray Wilson, right, stand on the corner of North Washington Street and 6th Street in Junction City with fellow community members as they peacefully protest in honor of George Floyd on Friday.

Following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, demonstrations and protests erupted across the nation, some violent and others peaceful.

Friday afternoon, a peaceful demonstration took place in Heritage Park in Junction City and on Monday, Sheriff Dan Jackson released a statement concerning the protests.

Jackson said he joined other law enforcement leadership across the country in condemning the actions of all officers involved in the death of George Floyd and condemning rioters and looters who have taken advantage of the situation to sow trouble elsewhere.

“As a law enforcement community we must do better, and the statements calling for swift justice against those officers is a start,” Jackson said. “I also condemn the actions of the rioters across this nation who are destroying the property of community members to include businesses of people who have spent their entire lives in those communities and provide services to all who live there. The right to assemble and protest is crucial in a free society. You cannot drown out darkness with darkness and you cannot drive out hate with hate. At the Geary County Sheriff’s office we value being members of our community and as Sheriff I promise you, actions by Deputies or Correction Officers, such as what happened in Minneapolis will not be condoned or tolerated.”

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