We recognize the pain caused by the police brutality in
Minneapolis...and throughout the country over the recent past. We
support peaceful protest everywhere to end this violence against black
and minority communities which runs counter to American values.
But we cannot condone random and senseless civil disorder as a
response. Rioting and looting which turns our neighborhood into a
battleground will not solve this problem and only serves to set citizen
We call on
the protest leaders to do everything in their power to channel their
anger and hurt into peaceful protest in the best American traditions.
We want to work together with communities throughout the city to achieve
meaningful reform. That cannot happen when our neighbors fear for
their safety and our neighborhood is looted and defaced.
join CCRA as we call on Mayor Kenney and Police Chief Outlaw to assure
the city that while peaceful protest will be encouraged, we need a plan
that will prevent the violence and looting that rocked Center City last
night. To date, we have learned that the National Guard will be called
in and that Center City will be closed to vehicular traffic from Vine to
South streets, and from the Schuylkill to Delaware rivers. Please
contact city officials at James.Kenney@phila.gov, Brian.Ambernathy@phila.gov, and Darrell.Clarke@phila.gov.
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