In the past several days we have experienced an inexcusable loss of life caused by the abhorrent actions of a few police officers in Minnesota, peaceful exercising of First Amendment rights in response to this senseless death and the systemic racism unfortunately present throughout our nation, and opportunistic criminal acts such as looting and vandalism. The Village of Downers Grove unequivocally condemns and denounces the actions of the Minnesota police officer who has since been charged with murder. We reject discrimination toward any person under any circumstance. The Mayor, Village Council and staff of the Village of Downers Grove extend our deepest condolences to all who have suffered as a result of the tragic death of George Floyd. Along with so many, we are saddened by the recent criminal events which have taken place in Downers Grove, Chicago and cities across our country. We understand that many people are feeling frustration, anger and fear.
Throughout our organization, we value the life of every person. All who live in, work in, or visit our community will be treated with dignity and respect at all times, especially as they express their views as The Constitution allows. All Village Departments, including the Police Department, are committed to upholding the civil rights of all people, and to protecting the peaceful expression of their First Amendment rights.
Our dedicated police officers are committed to protecting lives, property and the right to free speech. Officers are equipped with training in areas of de-escalation, cultural competency, and implicit bias. We believe in the tenets of procedural justice; fairness, transparency, impartiality, and most importantly, giving others a voice.
While we encourage citizens to exercise their First Amendment rights peacefully, criminal activities are not welcomed or tolerated. The women and men of the Downers Grove Police Department are working hard to prevent looting, theft and other similar activities and stand ready to respond quickly if these or other crimes do take place. Anyone who commits these crimes will be prosecuted to the extent possible within the law.
We appreciate everyone's assistance as we work together to keep Downers Grove a safe place for all residents and visitors.