Published Tuesday, 2nd June 2020
Along with many others I have been watching events unfold in the United States following the death of George Floyd in police custody.
It is right we recognise the tragedy and the forever-changed lives of the friends and family of George. I know many will be thinking of them at this time.
The event also serves as a stark reminder of the importance of the relationship between ourselves and the officers who police our communities and enforce our laws. In this country we use the model of policing by consent and it serves us well. But we cannot be complacent, and experience tells us that we must always remain vigilant.
In times such as these, it is important for us to reflect both as individuals, and in our communities about the injustice of racism, and the impact it has locally, nationally and globally. We should ask ourselves what more we can do to oppose and eradicate it wherever we see it rear its ugly head.
In Sutton, we value and support our diverse community. We celebrate the increasing diversity and the richness that it brings. Whether you are of black, minority ethnic or of any other heritage, Sutton is a great place to live, work and raise a family. Here in Sutton, community, faith, voluntary and public and private organisations work together to help ensure we are one of the safest and most tolerant places in London.
I hope everyone in Sutton will join me to mark or reflect on this moment, in the way they find most appropriate. As Leader of Sutton Council, I will continue to do all I can, to champion all of those, from every community, who are proud to call this their home.
Councillor Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council