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Dear Tallmadge Community:
We are outraged and saddened by the tragic death of George Floyd. We are all affected by this and it is long overdue that we take personal and institutional responsibility to help eliminate racism and inequality of any kind. This is a critical time for all of us who care deeply about the future of our country and our community, and we must speak out against systemic racism in the name of justice. We are seeing people around the world come together with the purpose of healing the wounds of division and hate created by racism, injustice and prejudices.
The City of Tallmadge does not tolerate racism, police brutality or discrimination within our Police Department. There are policies in place that do not permit racial profiling or discrimination, and our use of force policy is accredited through the Ohio Collaborative. There are no provisions that permit chokeholds or neck restraints and our officers are trained on de-escalation techniques. We stand behind our officers and depend on their extensive training and judicious performance when force is required to make an arrest. With that being said, we thoroughly investigate each use of force case to make sure it complies with these policies.
Moving forward we want to be even more accountable to all our citizens and we will require the daily use of body-worn cameras to increase transparency, and we will proactively review relevant policies, assess areas to be improved, and upgrade our training program to reflect those needs. We are committed to moving forward with an open mind to reforms or outside review that will increase public safety and improve our service to the community with equality for all. We welcome your input, thoughts and suggestions.
It has always been a priority within our community to be a place of positivity and unity, and to be proud of who we are, our history and our commitment to improve its future for generations. As your Mayor, I challenge each of us to look honestly within our own hearts, pray for the wisdom to change our hearts where needed and to act and speak with love and kindness to affect that change as peacemakers!
The City of Tallmadge pledges to do better – to act fairly, justly and to do our job to respect and protect all citizens of Tallmadge.
David G. KlineMayorCity of Tallmadge
Ronald WilliamsChief of PoliceTallmadge Police Department