Mayor James Davis issued a statement on June 1 in response to murder of George Floyd , expressing his anger and confusion.
“My father told me many years ago that I should NEVER assume to know how anyone feels unless I’ve lived in their skin,” Davis said. “In going through life, I have tried to always keep that in the forefront of my mind. Because of this mantra, I can never and will never say that I know how the family of George Floyd feels or how the African-American community feels.”
Demonstrations continue across the country in response to police brutality against African Americans, specifically the death of George Floyd by police.
Floyd was an unarmed African-American man who was killed in Minneapolis when police officer Derek Chauvin held his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.
Floyd was later pronounced dead. Chauvin has since been fired and charged with murder and manslaughter.
In New Jersey, largely peaceful protests have occurred across the state from Trenton to Newark. However, some unrest occurred in Trenton when a police car was set on fire, hours after local officers marched alongside the protesters during the day.
In Bayonne, there have been no protests yet. However, one local elected official has caused outrage and now faces calls to resign after a Facebook post about the Floyd protests that many residents consider racist.
Strength in diversity
A former captain on the Bayonne Police Department for 28 years, Mayor Davis said Floyd should still be alive today.
“The killing of George Floyd should have never happened,” Mayor Davis said. “I’m not sure how any human being could have that little compassion for another human being.”
Mayor Davis watched the video of what happened to Floyd in Minnesota and said he felt anger and confusion.
“In Bayonne, we need to be cognizant of our diversity and we must embrace it,” Davis said. “This diversity is what gives us strength. If we work together and accept each other as brothers and sisters in humanity, we can avoid the pitfalls seen in these horrible examples of inhumanity.”
Mayor Davis said he is confident that Bayonne will be the example of compassion and brotherhood for which other cities strive. Davis then prayed for unity in the community.
“Let us all say a prayer for the soul of George Floyd and his family,” Mayor Davis continued. “And let’s also pray for our community to remain unified and strong.”
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