VIDEO: Salem police chief addresses March for Floyd rally
VIDEO: Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore was among the first to speak at Salem's demonstration on Saturday, June 6. He said honest, serious dialogue needed to continue. (Video by Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)
By Amanda Loman - Salem Reporter
June 8, 2020 at 2:00pm
Jerry Moore, Salem police chief, addresses protesters at the March for Floyd proceedings at the Capitol on Saturday, June 6. Moore was among the first speakers for an event that stretched on for hours. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)
Salem's police chief on Saturday, June 6, addressed the crowd gathered to remember George Floyd, who was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis.
Jerry Moore said the community needed to start building relationships with police and encouraged people to stop and talk to officers along the march route.
“That’s how we begin to heal. That’s how we get to know each other and that’s how we build relationships,” Moore said.
He spoke days after a private video was widely distributed on social media that showed a Salem police officer talking with armed civilians in downtown Salem about the curfew. Moore said in an earlier public statement that he was sorry the video created the impression his officers favored the civilians guards over demonstrators.