June 1, 2020
Dear Friends and Neighbors:
I write to you today deeply disturbed by the death of George Floyd while he was in the custody of Minneapolis police officers. While this tragedy occurred 350 miles from Glen Ellyn, the sadness and anger is recognized and felt across our country. The Village Board and I abhor the actions of the Police Officers involved in this incident. The conduct of that former officer mars the reputation of hard-working law-enforcement professionals everywhere.
We recognize how painful this senseless tragedy is for our community and for the nation as a whole. Under the leadership of Glen Ellyn Police Chief Philip Norton, our Police Officers serve the community with integrity and professionalism. Officers strive to treat all people fairly, with respect and without prejudice and work with our residents to uphold our community values and high standards of behavior. I am proud of efforts by our Police Department to engage with residents and establish meaningful relationships.
As a community we must continue to work together to protect the values that we hold sacred: respect, accountability, leadership, equality and inclusivity. We cannot remain silent when injustices occur. As your Village President, I am asking all residents for a commitment to peacefully stand together as a community and to reject racism in all forms.
Diane McGinley, Village President