We have heard from so many of you who are experiencing sadness, frustration, anger, and despair. We are in the midst of one of the most challenging periods for San Leandro.
The killing of George Floyd is just the latest reminder of the systemic racism that plagues our society. We express solidarity with those who have peacefully protested and are seeking justice for African Americans and communities of color.
Black Lives Matter
It is also painfully clear that San Leandro is not immune or isolated from nationwide issues. We recognize that the officer-involved shooting of Steven Taylor brings the issue home. Our hearts are with the Taylor family and all those who have been impacted.
As leaders in this community, we pledge to treat these challenges as an opportunity to be better together. It is easy to criticize the protesters or police, or seek out only those opinions that we agree with. We must unite behind this pain we feel and shift the paradigm.
In the days, weeks, and months to come, we pledge to do the following:
- We will continue to ensure transparent investigations of alleged misconduct and use of force by the police and take appropriate action.
- We will continue to release body camera footage as quickly as possible.
- We will expand our investment in efforts to address mental health in our community.
- We will support our Police Department in ongoing efforts to keep us all safe while continuing to enhance collaborative partnerships between the community and law enforcement.
- We will engage in the difficult but necessary conversations about equity, race, privilege, and injustice, including the formation of a community advisory committee.
San Leandro experienced civil unrest that threatened our sense of community and security. Combined with the unprecedented pandemic, we are all suffering and facing uncertainty. Some have lost loved ones to COVID-19 and others have lost their business or livelihood. San Leandro has been damaged, but we are not defeated.
No one is immune from implicit bias. We all have baggage. We all have blind spots. Only by acknowledging these shortcomings, can we begin to overcome them. We ask you all to join us on this journey.
With humility, hope, and determination,
Pauline Russo Cutter, Mayor
Pete Ballew, Vice Mayor, District 6
Deborah Cox, Councilmember, District 1
Ed Hernandez, Councilmember, District 2
Victor Aguilar, Jr., Councilmember, District 3
Benny Lee, Councilmember, District 4
Corina López, Councilmember, District 5