The past several days have been some of the more trying and hard times our community has faced. It is an emotional time for us, and many express this through march and protest against injustice and the status quo. Please know, that I see you, I hear you, and you matter. I want to acknowledge the significance of this evening’s protest to all of us in Sonoma County.
Especially today, we at the City of Santa Rosa stand with all community members who lawfully express their grief, anger, and frustration. Myself, my fellow council members, the Chief of Police and all men and women of his Department are committed to keeping the protesters safe, and the protests themselves peaceful.
Let that be a warning to those who would use this grave occasion to commit acts of violence, vandalize, and destroy property. Violent actions put lives at great risk and cast a dark shadow over the real purpose of today’s powerful movement. Let’s raise our voices and work together to create a more just community for everyone in Santa Rosa.