City of Des Moines Supports Polk County and Its Leaders
DES MOINES, IOWA – Sunday, May 31, 2020 –The City of Des Moines wants to express support of Polk County and its leaders. We understand the unacceptable circumstances that led to the implementation of the curfew to respond to those individuals inciting riots, violence and vandalism. We are partnering with the County to try to control the criminal behavior leading to injury and property damage that we have witnessed the last 48 hours.
“Unfortunately, the City of Des Moines has recently spent all of our efforts dealing with vandalism and violence instead of focusing on meaningful policy and cultural changes,” said Mayor Frank Cownie. “The City is very supportive of the peaceful rallies, marches and candlelight vigils to commemorate George Floyd and his family.”
Cownie went onto say, “Violence and riots in the streets of Des Moines are not the way to honor the death of George Floyd. We need to seek solutions to the challenges so many of our communities face these days. That is what is needed right now: communication and cooperation.”
The City of Des Moines City Council and the Civil and Human Rights Commission are expected to reconvene in June to discuss progress on Bridging the Gap Initiatives and ways to continue to improve relationships between the City and community.
“Des Moines City leaders are always open to having productive discussions on policies and procedures that will strengthen and improve our community. That is how Des Moines will come together – not through violence in our city streets” said City Manager, Scott Sanders.
Communications Manager, City Manager’s Office
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