Chief of Police in Charles City Hugh Anderson didn’t want to be silent anymore in terms of the death of George Floyd – so, he released a statement to the people he swore to protect and serve:
Overall, Anderson wanted the city to know that the police department does not take their trust for granted and wanted to reassure those listening that the area officers do not tolerate any such behavior inside Charles City.
This is not the only city official that came out against the handling of the George Floyd incident as Mayor Dean Andrews posted about it on Facebook on Tuesday morning:
“As Mayor, I would like to express my concern and ask all of Charles City to join the rest of the nation as we grieve the senseless death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd. May we support those peaceful demonstrations nationwide which seek an answer to racial injustice and equity of all people, regardless of the color of their skin.”
Phil Knighten, currently the sole African American councilman in Charles City, spoke out Wednesday commending the mayor and police chief for addressing the issue.
Over the weekend, the Suspension Bridge in Charles City was vandalized with several protesting symbols such as ‘Black Lives Matter’.
Knighten believes race relations in Charles City are better than a lot of places around the nation. He also created a race reconciliation group years ago called ‘Be the Bridge – Charles City’ and he says the group is planning to have a meeting on June 17th – with more information to come.