Governor Kristi Noem says she will be examining the state’s policing laws after witnessing the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the protests it has sparked. In a media briefing Wednesday, Governor Noem didn’t have many specifics on what police reforms she would press for in the state, mentioning a few issues she was considering. 

Noem acknowledged that a pressing problem was revealed by the death of Floyd, a black man who died after a police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck. Noem suggested a conservative approach to policing reforms, pressing for the need for personal responsibility and change at the local level. 

Governor Noem said one of the most important things she’s learned in public policy is the importance of the family.

Noem reiterated that violence is not the answer and that it will not be tolerated in South Dakota.  She said that people need to respect and listen to each other, and work together to form the right path going forward.