CCO Supports The Right To Assemble And To Seek Redress Of Grievances Is Enshrined In Our Constitution.
We support those who have taken to the streets to exercise their First Amendment rights to peacefully express their anger and sorrow about George Floyd’s death. We strongly opposed the discrimination and racial injustice of people of color. We also oppose discrimination of people of all races, color, creed, and sexual orientation.
Over the last several weeks, we have witnessed peaceful and violent protests alike throughout America. The death of George Floyd caused by several Minneapolis law enforcement officers was the tipping point that has awakened America. The George Floyd tragedy has re-enforced the opinions that many in the minority community have felt for years, that they are unfairly treated by law enforcement and the courts.
It’s obvious that outside groups and agitators are attempting to foment lawlessness and unrest to advance their own objectives to cause anarchy in America. We are a nation born of the revolutionary spirit of protest, coupling expressions of grievances against injustice with the desire to be free.
We deplore the theft, lotting, and the burning of businesses and historical landmarks caused by the random acts of lawless anarchists and thugs. In fact, we believe that these lawless thugs should be arrested and thrown in jail. Also if any members of law enforcement cause bodily harm or violate peaceful protester’s constitutional rights they should immediately be dealt with in the appropriate manner. We’re optimistic that in the future proper restraints will be practiced by both the protestors and police alike.
Law enforcement officers are human and they make mistakes. We believe that the majority of the members of law enforcement understand that carrying a badge and gun has a responsibility and understand when to use force and when to use restraint. They now understand what one bad decision will unleash. We also feel that there are some individuals currently in law enforcement that should be terminated because of their professional misconduct. We also believe that the overwhelming majority of the members of our local law enforcement are professional, dedicated, ethical, and caring.
Last Saturday Mayor Winnecke and members of our law enforcement approved a plan that allowed protesters to stage a peaceful protest march starting at the Four Freedom Monuments and ended at the Ford Center. To their credit, this event turned out to be a glorious day for the rights of people to peaceful protests and to excise their freedom of speech rights.
It’s time that our elected legislative bodies, judges, members of law enforcement, members of our criminal justice system, local clergy, community leaders and civil rights activists meet to discuss to look for ways to revise the outdated, unreasonable and discriminatory laws currently on the books in order to correct future racial injustice.
We are told that a peaceful protest is planned sometime during the next several weeks. It would be wonderful if Mayor Winnecke, City Council members, Vanderburgh County Commissioners and County Council members, Sheriff Dave Wedding, Police Chief Billy Bolin, Judges, local clergy, and civil rights activists march with the peaceful protesters to publically denounce prejudice and discrimination? This march would show that “Evansville Is For Everone!”!
The right to assemble and to seek redress of grievances is enshrined in our Constitution. “No one is free when others are oppressed.”