City Response to the Death of George Floyd

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Dear Citizens of Woodinville,

As your mayor, I wanted to let you know that I am proud of our community. This community steps in when we see injustice. We speak up when we hear prejudice. We offer food when our neighbors are hungry. We organize quickly when others need help. We give when we see those who are in need.

At this time of uncertainty, injustice, fear, anger, and disillusionment, we are going to band together. We are going to stand up against violence. We are going to stand up against chaos and unlawful behavior. We are going to stand up and protest the distraction from what is most important: Tolerance and respect.

At a time when we are already fraught with anxiety and isolation, we are in need of calm, in need of a determined and mindful approach to becoming whole again.

Your city supports and encourages peaceful protests. We do not support or condone violence or hate. We are one strong and resilient community who accepts all people, listens to all voices, and is responsive to the needs of all citizens.

Recent examples of injustice and gross misconduct on the part of those we are meant to trust and rely on for our safety have led to distrust and unrest and deep hurt across the world. What we can do here in our community of Woodinville is be part of the solution by working towards change, we can continue to care for our families and friends and neighbors, and we can trust that we are going to get to the other side of this with resolve.

Most sincerely,
Elaine Cook
Mayor of Woodinville

Dear Citizens of Woodinville,

As your mayor, I wanted to let you know that I am proud of our community. This community steps in when we see injustice. We speak up when we hear prejudice. We offer food when our neighbors are hungry. We organize quickly when others need help. We give when we see those who are in need.

At this time of uncertainty, injustice, fear, anger, and disillusionment, we are going to band together. We are going to stand up against violence. We are going to stand up against chaos and unlawful behavior. We are going to stand up and protest the distraction from what is most important: Tolerance and respect.

At a time when we are already fraught with anxiety and isolation, we are in need of calm, in need of a determined and mindful approach to becoming whole again.

Your city supports and encourages peaceful protests. We do not support or condone violence or hate. We are one strong and resilient community who accepts all people, listens to all voices, and is responsive to the needs of all citizens.

Recent examples of injustice and gross misconduct on the part of those we are meant to trust and rely on for our safety have led to distrust and unrest and deep hurt across the world. What we can do here in our community of Woodinville is be part of the solution by working towards change, we can continue to care for our families and friends and neighbors, and we can trust that we are going to get to the other side of this with resolve.

Most sincerely,
Elaine Cook
Mayor of Woodinville

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  • June 7 Community March & Demonstration

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    On June 7, we saw between 400 โ€“ 500 community members gather at DeYoung Park for a peaceful and inspiring demonstration responding to the death of George Floyd. Many people spoke out against racism and injustice, including our own Mayor Cook, Councilmember Boundy-Sanders, Police Chief Larson, as well as other elected officials and community leaders.

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  • Police Department Training & Policies

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    We've received questions from residents about what is being done to ensure transparency and accountability for Woodinville Police.

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  • A Note to Woodinville Citizens from Chief Larson

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    I have been monitoring the situation in Seattle and across the county and have been in contact with Woodinville PD staff and our city manager.

    What happened in Minneapolis is unconscionable and I have no words to adequately describe my outrage at the actions of the officer and those officers who stood by and did not intervene.

    I have been in law enforcement for 36 years, right out of college, and I have never seen anything so egregious.

    I have loved every minute of my career and am very proud to be in law enforcement and serve the communities to which I've been assigned over the years.

    The Minneapolis officer's actions and the lack of action by the back-up officers are at total and complete odds to our mission: to protect and serve.

    I was in Portland yesterday and heard one of their City Council members speak regarding the death of Mr. Floyd, the subsequent protests and then rioting and destruction of property. She quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his quote resonated with me. I think the quote is relevant to what happened in Minneapolis and something we can all pay heed to.


    "There comes a time when silence is betrayal. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."


    I believe in free speech and I wholeheartedly endorse folks' right to peacefully protest in an effort to create awareness and promote change.

    The actions of a few have had a grave impact on those of us who do the right thing every day for no other reason that it is the right thing to do.

    We all need to step up, say something, do something when we see something that isn't right, and yes, law enforcement must do the right thing and be held to a high standard.

    I will keep you updated as things progress. Please be safe and truly thank you all for your kindness and support.

    Please know that we are staffed in Woodinville. We are present in and around the city.


    Sincerely,
    Chief Larson