Golden Valley Responds to Death of George Floyd
On Thursday, Golden Valley issued a statement offering condolences to the community on the death of George Floyd, an African-American who died in the hands of white Minneapolis police officers.
Here’s the statement in its entirety:
The City of Golden Valley is appalled and saddened by the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the actions of the officers involved. City officials express sincere condolences to his family, friends, and the community at large.
It is evident there was blatant disregard for Mr Floyd’s safety and human rights, and for justice to prevail, it’s imperative the County Attorney, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and relevant institutions complete a thorough, transparent investigation.
The City is committed to ensuring that all its citizens can live their lives free of discrimination, fear, violence, and hate. This is done by diligently working to provide unbiased services, by training staff, and by creating a culture of safety and belonging that honors and expects treating each other with respect.
While the City recognizes that during this time residents may want to express their solidarity through peaceful protest, it is hoped that citizens from all backgrounds will balance the need to be heard with the current realities of social distancing because of COVID-19. To be better able to address any public safety concerns, Golden Valley’s Police Department is monitoring the evolving situation in the metro area by working with neighboring agencies and adjusting shift schedules as needed.
Strengthened by all its residents and visitors, Golden Valley is committed to being an inclusive, supportive, and united community. However, there is still much work to do, and tragedies like this only confirm that all communities must learn to do better.