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Statement From The Charlottesville Police Foundation

June 4, 2020

As we reflect on the events of the past week, we share in the pain, sorrow, and outrage that people of color across this country are feeling in the wake of the senseless murder of George Floyd.  We condemn the actions of the officers arrested in Minneapolis and of those in jurisdictions anywhere whose actions have caused unwarranted deaths. And we share in the anguish over the needless deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and all whose lives have been lost to racial injustice.

There is no place in our country or in our police departments for the cancer of racism that has for generations eaten away at the values on which our nation is built. 

With our sadness and outrage comes a renewed determination to work with the Charlottesville Police Department to make our community a safer and better place for all.  We have a shared responsibility and are proud to work with each member of the CPD as they take proactive, positive steps to address the issues of racial injustice.

We recognize that our work has only just begun. We will continue to provide supplemental training that reinforces accountability and responsibility and which promotes better understanding between our officers and the people they serve.  We will continue to support partnerships throughout Charlottesville to build relationships that strengthen the fabric of our community.

We are committed to the hard work of bringing about change, and to doing it together.

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James Pierce

The Police Department supports the Boys & Girls Club Teen Program by sending officers to the Cherry Avenue Club from 7 to 11 p.m. during the summer. There is nothing quite like seeing a police officer on a Teen Night in the Club, smiling, shooting hoops, or riding a mechanical bull to humanize all officers for the kids. The Club appreciates its unique partnership with the CPD and CPF.

—James Pierce, Executive Director

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia