Oak Park leaders take a knee for George Floyd

Police, mayor, trustees, village staff gather outside village hall

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By Stacey Sheridan

Staff Reporter

At 10 a.m., June 3, members of the Oak Park police force and village government gathered on the south lawn of village hall for a moment of silence and solidarity for George Floyd, whose death under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer has rocked the nation.

The small crowd of some 20 people, all socially distanced and masked, included Village Manager Cara Pavlicek, Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb and Clerk Vicki Scaman, as well as Trustees Deno Andrews, Susan Buchanan, Simone Boutet, Dan Moroney and Jim Taglia. Deputy Chief of Police Joe Moran and about 10 other officers were present as well.

Two private citizens attended the moment of silence, carrying signs protesting police brutality and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.

Prior to the moment of silence, Buchanan, who co-organized the event with Andrews, removed her mask and read aloud the joint statement released May 31from the mayor, village manager and the chief and deputy chief of the Oak Park Police Department.

"As policymakers, administrators and sworn police officers, we stand for transparency in policing," the statement reads. "We know the people of Oak Park choose this community, not just as a place to live, but as a way of life and as a place to seek shelter, refuge and acceptance. Oak Park commits itself to equity, diversity and inclusion because these values make us a desirable and strong community for all people."

The statement also includes a denouncement of racism and discrimination from the Oak Park Police Department:

"The Oak Park Police Department rejects racism and discrimination in all its forms. The men and women who serve our community as sworn officers believe in building trust and strong relationships with our citizens and endorse the values of community policing. We also strive for ever increasing the diversity of our department."

Everyone, save the two private citizens, took a knee during the moment of silence.



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Tommy McCoy  

Posted: June 3rd, 2020 8:49 PM

Some may think this is just a publicity stunt or a way to connect to quell the unrest. It is not. These Officer's are doing their best to break the divide and settle the lawlessness that they need to protect citizens from each day. If the Police are willing to meet protester's in this manner, I would expect all people to appreciate the hard effort they are putting forth and for people to know that the real problem is not the people who protest legally, it is with people who have promoted hatred and violence and cheering on people who are creating it. I hope that people can better understand how this looting is trying to break down our society and is a well orchestrated event and in the end it will fail as people come back to their senses and know we want a civilized society and and change only comes through talking. This has always been the right way throughout history

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