A Message from Calaveras County Sheriff Rick DiBasilio on Mr. Floyd’s Death & Protests

San Andreas, CA…To the Residents of Calaveras County: I wanted to provide you with a personal touch and contact on the Minneapolis case and the protests. I want to say first and foremost, I absolutely disagree with what these officers did. It is inexcusable. The murder of George Floyd has shocked the nation, including our rural Calaveras County. We like to feel we are protected and what happened in Minneapolis would not happen here.

As members and officials in our community, we are appalled by what happened to Mr. Floyd. To those profiled or mistreated because of their race, religion or sexual preference–we are dedicated this will not happen in Calaveras.

Our Law Enforcement within the county are highly trained in Racial and Cultural Diversity Training; Racial Profiling, de-escalation techniques and the most current use of force laws. Any law enforcement within the County using excessive force will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

As far as the looting and rioting, I am strongly opposed to that unlawful behavior. Peaceful demonstrations are a person’s right. I support any Americans right to speak out on issues they believe are important however, lootings, damaging some poor victims or business owner’s property is completely wrong and will not be tolerated in this county.

Blocking traffic, stealing property and damaging someone’s business; those are innocent victims that had nothing to do with that incident and this will not be tolerated in this county. If any group starts to use this event as a reason to create new crimes in this county, I am going to arrest them and work with the DA to see that they are prosecuted to the fullest extent possible.

In closing on Minneapolis, the criminal justice system takes time and the criminal justice system has to take its course. I hope that it prevails. While it is a challenging time to be in public safety and public service, we are deeply committed to assuring that all the people of Calaveras feel safe and secure.

Thank You for your support.
Rick DiBasilio, Sheriff.

Merita Callaway
Chair, Board of Supervisors

6 Responses to "A Message from Calaveras County Sheriff Rick DiBasilio on Mr. Floyd’s Death & Protests"

  1. Bobby Huffstetter   June 1, 2020 8:51 pm - at 8:51 pm

    Thank you, Rick DiBasilio, Sheriff. Your postures are what are needed everywhere in this Country, and everywhere in the World. Now let me add my gratitude for Terrence Lloyd’s words to protesters to “do this peacefully”.
    Terrence Floyd visits the site of his brother’s arrest and death at the hands of police in Minneapolis and implores protesters to “do this peacefully” and “do it another way” by voting.

  2. CHARLOTTE SIMMONS   June 2, 2020 2:37 am - at 2:37 am

    NO protesters

  3. Daniel de Neveu   June 2, 2020 5:38 am - at 5:38 am

    Thank you Sheriff DiBasilio. We appreciate you reaching out to us, Calaveras County Residents. We appreciate you detailing your position on this terrible situation, and we fully agree and support your position. Thank you for keeping us safe. God Bless!

  4. CHARLOTTE SIMMONS   June 2, 2020 5:55 am - at 5:55 am

    I don’t want to have protesters here because I love my little accounting and I don’t want a county to be put down and have people I’m out of town an out-of-state bee bus and terrorize our little County I feel bad about and what the cops did and yes there are bad cops and good cops but I really don’t like to have protesting about everything we don’t need it we all have bad here and I County but you know we are not one we never had a protest like this and I don’t think we should I county is perfect as it is

  5. David Kevin Sweet   June 2, 2020 2:27 pm - at 2:27 pm

    Hey, Charlotte Simmons: Maybe you should move to a country that doesn’t protect the right to protest in its Constitution. Take your un-American beliefs someplace like Cuba, China, or Iran where they’re more in fashion?

  6. Anonymous   June 2, 2020 2:29 pm - at 2:29 pm

    Sheriff Rick takes a moral stand. Proud of my county and its law enforcement leadership and culture.