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Baldassare & Grochala Statement on the Tragic Death of of George Floyd

Updated: Jul 6


June 03, 2020 8:00 am ET


CANDIDATES’ STATEMENTS RE THE TRAGIC DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD


I would like to reiterate my thoughts regarding the events that lead to the death of George Floyd as expressed in my Mayor’s letter dated June 2, 2020, namely:


“As the spouse of a police officer, both Tracy and myself were utterly disgusted and appalled to witness the unconscionable actions that led to the death of George Floyd. None of these actions have any place in our society for any of our citizens, regardless of race or color and we will never condone such activity when it occurs. The sooner we stop separating and dividing and collectively come together is when we will heal as a community and as a society. Our hearts go out to the family of George Floyd and his death is a terrible, unnecessary tragedy. I can also assure you that Bernards Township and our Police Department condemns any type of violence resulting from biases and/or racial profiling. The vast majority of our law enforcement community who upholds the rule of law on a daily basis are good people and we continue to support them for the thankless and extremely hard job they do. We continue to make Bernards Township a welcoming, friendly and neighborly community, and people of all races, cultures and faith are an important part in making that happen. This is something that will not change and we will continue to ensure that all of our residents are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.”


- James Baldassare


I join in Jim’s thoughts regarding the terrible tragedy suffered by George Floyd and his family. I was very shocked and saddened to see what happened in Minneapolis. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Floyd family and everyone affected by this tragic event. The actions of the Minneapolis police officers involved in the death of George Floyd were unconscionable. This outrageous conduct is totally inconsistent with how police should behave. I know that the overwhelming majority of police officers are good and decent professionals. I have heard it said that “Nobody has more contempt for bad cops than good cops.” We have outstanding police officers in Bernards who are committed to protecting everyone equally. I have full confidence that our Bernards Township Police will continue to perform the difficult job they do in a professional and exceptional manner.


- Kate Grochala

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