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Ventura County Sheriff's Deputies Condemn George Floyd Killing, But Say Defunding Police Isn't A Fix

Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies are the latest law enforcement officers to condemn the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police. 

They say they are angry and disgusted over the actions of a few which have cast a shadow on their profession.

The Ventura County Deputy Sheriff’s Association says its members have worked hard to be responsible members of the community.  In a statement, they say they are upset that some people are painting all officers with the same broad brush, accusing them of being racist.

Association officials contend defunding police isn’t a cure for racism.  They say it would make Ventura County, or any jurisdiction doing it, less safe.

The deputy’s association suggests a better answer is changing agency policies, training officers in diversity and culture, and raising the bar for who is hired.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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