Council Resolution 2020-31
Honoring the Life of George Floyd with Our Actions
WHEREAS, on May 25, 2020, George Floyd, an African American man, died at the hands of four Minneapolis, Minnesota, police officers; and
WHEREAS, the death of George Floyd is just one of the latest examples of violence against African Americans that has happened since the founding of our nation and continues to occur in many cities throughout our country; and
WHEREAS, the actions of those four Minneapolis, Minnesota, police officers do not represent the thousands of men and women that serve and protect their respective communities with the highest levels of professionalism, but their actions do highlight a pernicious, long-standing systemic problem in our country that impacts the relationship between some communities and their police departments; and
WHEREAS, this act of intolerable violence and other similar acts that have occurred across this country in recent years are unpardonable and must serve as a wake-up call to examine our systems and structures for embedded bias and racism.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MIDDLETON MAYOR AND COMMON COUNCIL, as follows, that:
1) The Mayor and Common Council of the City of Middleton, Wisconsin, the City Administrator, the Middleton Police Department and all City employees join with America in sharing its sorrow; and
2) The Mayor and Common Council recognizes that we all come from a common thread as a single human race and call on all people to recognize the value of human life and to work together to identify and to eliminate systemic racism; and
3) The Mayor and Common Council fully support and strongly endorse peaceful unification throughout this country opposing acts of violence against persons of color and those of different ethnicity, religions, beliefs or expressions, both now and in perpetuity; and
4)The Mayor and Common Council call upon our community to join with us in committing to introspective evaluation of ourselves, our systems, policies, and procedures to identify issues of bias, discrimination, and racism; and
5) Furthermore, the Common Council calls for the community to reformulate the Middleton Equity Team. As Dr. King reminds us, ‘The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.’ Let us mourn those that we have lost to these cruel and unjust acts and honor their memory by doing everything we can to build a system that finally fulfills the promise of liberty and justice for all.
This resolution was adopted at a regular meeting of the Middleton Common Council this 16th day of June, 2020.
Gurdip Brar, Mayor Lorie J. Burns, City Clerk
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