In light of recent events Chief of Police Ronnie Roberts and Dr. Karen Johnson of the Black Alliance met today and have the following statement:
“We are at a time in our country where violence is pulling communities apart. We must come together to address longstanding challenges between our Black communities and law enforcement. We recognize that police violence is real and that prejudice exists. Violence against police, those whom we entrust the responsibility to keep us safe, and police violence against the people without accountability are not acceptable solutions.
The solutions lie in moving toward each other, demonstrating a sense of unity and ownership for making our communities safe. We must focus our efforts on a culture of respect and equity for all. Building strong, trusting relationships and sound policing practices are critical to creating safe communities.
As leaders, we believe our community can be the example of how to work together to ensure all people are treated with respect regardless of race and that law enforcement is honored for the daily public service they provide.
We have already started this work and we will continue to find ways to be transparent, open, and honest.”