Statement on Racism, Discrimination & Hate

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Elk Grove Statement on Racism, Discrimination, and Hate-Based Conduct

Posted: 06/10/2020

The City of Elk Grove rejects, discourages, and condemns racism, discrimination, and any hate-based conduct.

In 2016, our City Council passed a proclamation that declared Elk Grove as No Place for Hate. We stand by that premise today and we stand with our community to affirm that Black Lives Matter.

Over the past several days, Elk Grove has sought ways to express its sadness and anger over the tragic death of George Floyd and countless others across the country victimized by a system intended to protect them. We are grateful to the community members who engaged in peaceful protests in the city this week. Through these protests, our community has been able to meaningfully express their concerns and we have been able to listen.

As an organization, we are committed to continuing to be part of the conversation and to act in a way that reflects a culture based on respect, dignity, and inclusion. On Monday, Chief of Police Timothy Albright announced changes to the Police Department’s use of force policy. This is an important step and part of an ongoing effort to ensure that our policies align with our values. We don’t have all the answers, but we are listening and learning.

Elk Grove does many things that we can and should be proud of. Now is the time to look at what more we can do. Because we know we can always do better and will strive to do so.

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