Mayor Wiersum's statement regarding the death of George Floyd
Dear Minnetonka residents,
COVID-19 is a life-changing event. Our world is forever changed because of the impact of this pandemic. Throughout recent weeks, my objective and that of the city has been to help ensure the safety of all Minnetonka residents. In cities, public safety is always the top priority. We work to ensure that every single resident feels safe in Minnetonka. Who could have imagined that local events would overwhelm even this global pandemic here in Minnesota? Do all Minnetonka residents actually feel safe in our city? In light of recent tragic and unjust events, that question is more important than ever.
I am personally horrified by the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Words cannot adequately describe my feelings of sadness and outrage over the senseless death of an unarmed black man at the hands of individuals who have sworn to “protect and serve.” Despite my feelings of profound sympathy and sadness, I know I can in no way comprehend the pain this tragedy has caused Minnetonka residents of color.
Several residents have reached out to me and other city leaders to express fear and concern for their safety. I want you to know that I, along with Minnetonka Police and the city council, hear you and we care. We are deeply committed to working toward justice, equity and inclusion in our community. We will accept nothing less. We will not rest until everyone feels safe and welcome in Minnetonka. We as a city must redouble our efforts and we will.
Be safe, be kind, be well. You remain in my thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace, Mr. Floyd. I offer my deepest sympathy to your family, your friends and our entire Twin Cities community.
City of Minnetonka