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A Statement from Mayor & Council 6/2/20
The City of Asbury Park is home to one of the most diverse communities in the State of New Jersey. As Mayor and Council, we value the constitutional right to freedom of speech, and always encourage peaceful public discourse and debate on all issues of public concern.We are incredibly proud of the Asbury Park community for holding a peaceful and powerful protest last night in support of social justice and police accountability. Thousands of attendees gathered in our City exercising the rights guaranteed to all citizens.Last night’s overwhelmingly peaceful protest honors the City’s diverse population and spirit. Asbury Park’s community has worked hard to have open, healing dialogue, and we pledge to continue the conversation.We want to thank rally organizers and community leaders for holding a well-organized event and promoting a peaceful protest. Last night, they gave our community an opportunity to express themselves during this very sad time. We were proud to be a part of it.We’d also like to thank the Asbury Park Police Department, the Asbury Park Fire Department and all assisting agencies for the professionalism they exhibited yesterday.Unfortunately, there were a few incidents after the rally which resulted in arrests and injuries, including injuries to two officers from assisting agencies and an Asbury Park officer requiring hospitalization. We are disappointed in the actions of a few that tried to take our community’s peaceful protest in a different direction.As Mayor and Council, we, along with the Asbury Park Police Department, stand in full solidarity with the Asbury Park community in denouncing the actions of the officers involved in the murder of George Floyd and any acts of police misconduct.Asbury Park Mayor & CouncilJohn, Amy, Yvonne, Eileen & Jesse