The West Linn Alliance for Inclusive Community expresses deep sorrow as well as outrage over the senseless killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police on May 25, 2020. This incident, following so many other killings of unarmed black people by white people throughout the country, illustrates why no state, city, or police force can be complacent about racism and its impact. We lift our voice in support of the millions of US citizens who are calling for justice and accountability for those who commit such violence against minorities, largely with impunity.
Accountability starts at home. West Linn, a predominantly white community, must come to terms with its own history of racism, misconduct, and abuse of power on the part of our West Linn Police Department. There is an urgent need to hold current and former West Linn police officers accountable for their actions. There is an equally urgent need to transform the city policies and structures that have allowed such actions to occur largely without consequences. And, perhaps most importantly, there is a need for our City to engage in a process of healing and reconciliation with individuals and communities who have been harmed by our city’s failure to protect the safety of all citizens, whatever the color of their skin.
We call upon all West Linn residents to join the effort to end the scourge of racism, for the good of our community and the good of our nation.
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Feature Image: George Floyd (Modified) – By Singlespeedfahrer – Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=90836668