As we look around the nation and see the passionate response to the brutality that caused George Floyd’s death, I believe we are seeing the tipping point that is uniting us in ending such unthinkable abuses. Despite the troubling vandalism, we should be inspired by the spirited peaceful protests that are now extending throughout the world.
As I raise my hand and lend my voice to the diverse crowds clamoring to see equal justice and civility, I am mindful and especially grateful living in Middle Township. As a black man growing up in Cape May and West Cape May and raising two sons, I am keenly aware of the fears and tensions between the police and the black community. It’s why I was deeply honored when I was selected to serve on the committee to recommend a new Middle Township Police Chief in 2009. Throughout the exhaustive process, I am proud that I was a tireless advocate for the eventual selection of Chief Leusner. Under his leadership, we have a police department that clearly defines professionalism and integrity.
Previously serving as president and legal liaison for our local NAACP, I have worked with government officials and law enforcement in nurturing trust and good-will in all segments of the community. As a member of the Middle Township Committee, I will continue to help strengthen good relationships between all our residents and our public safety professionals.
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