Chief Seastone’s Statement Concerning the Boulder Shooting
On Monday, the City of Boulder, Colorado became the latest city to suffer from a mass shooting. The incident left ten individuals dead, one of whom was a Boulder Police Officer who was the first responder to arrive on the scene.
This is the second shooting in a week. The two incidents have resulted in 18 individuals dead, families suffering, and communities trying to make sense of this violence. Right here in Tucson, we understand those feelings, following the shootings in our own community in 2002 at the College of Nursing and in 2011 at a Safeway Store.
Prior to the onset of COVID-19, we sadly saw these type of incidents being reported far too frequently on the news. Over the past year, we had a reprieve from these horrific acts of violence, but sadly, we have now experienced two in a short span of time.
The Boulder officer who responded did so in a manner that he was trained to do, placing his life on the line so others could live. His actions are being called heroic, and I cannot agree more. We are now learning about the bravery and unselfish acts of others at King Soopers who helped people safely escape. These individuals are also heroes.
Boulder is where I was born and raised. As I watched the BPD Chief, the Sheriff, the University of Colorado Police Chief, and others whom I know, I saw their pain and suffering. There are no words that can adequately express my sympathy and the feeling of loss that we once again must unfortunately endure.
I hope that we can finally work together to find answers and solve the issues that seem to be discussed after each one of these terrible acts to make our communities safer for all.
To all the first responders, dispatchers, law enforcement, fire personnel, medical workers, and mental health workers, thank you for the work you do every day. “Thank you” is something we don’t say enough to all of you.
Over the next few days, I hope you will join me by pausing for a few moments to remember the unselfish bravery of Officer Eric Talley, the nine citizens who perished, and their families, friends, and the Boulder community.
Brian A. Seastone
Chief of Police
UAPD Statement on Atlanta Shooting
The recent tragic shooting in Atlanta, which claimed the lives of eight individuals, six of whom were Asian, is another horrific example of the bias and hate that continue to affect our communities.
We stand in solidarity with the APIDA community in condemning racism, hate, bias, and violence. No one should ever have to live in fear.
We need to understand and care for each other, and we need to speak up when we see these injustices. The University of Arizona Police Department (UAPD) takes these matters seriously and we encourage everyone to do the same.
Never hesitate to call 911 immediately if you ever feel threatened or intimidated, or if you see someone who is.
The University of Arizona has a number of locations where hate/bias incidents can be reported. The UAPD is a 24/7 emergency resource on campus. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Institutional Equity, and the Bias Education Support Team are also campus locations where you can report hate/bias incidents on our campus. I encourage everyone to take action by reporting these senseless acts, so we as a university and a community can address these issues.
Four of our university core values are compassion, integrity, inclusion, and determination. These should not be just Wildcat values—they should be everyone’s values. Let us employ these four important words to bring about change and end the hate, bias, and violence we are seeing across our country.
Together we can make a difference.
Brian A. Seastone
Chief of Police