DELCO ALERT - 4/20/2021, 6 p.m.

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Statement from Mayor Barbarann Keffer

April 20, 2021; 6:00 p.m.

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was charged with the murder of George Floyd, has been found guilty on all charges. This is a tremendous relief for many people, but we understand that there is still much work to be done to address the issues of systemic racism and bias that plague our society. Justice is a process and not a single moment or outcome, and we must continue the hard work of correcting these inequities for years to come. However, let there be no doubt that this verdict is a watershed moment and a clear affirmation that George Floyd’s life mattered.

My administration recognizes and acknowledges the pain, frustration, and anger this has caused for many, many people, and we will continue to hold ourselves to a higher standard and to make Upper Darby a safe and welcoming community for all. We also recognize and appreciate the hard work and dedication of our public safety personnel here in Upper Darby and by all good and decent public servants in cities and towns across the country. Enduring change and real equality are our goals and I invite all people of positive intentions to join us in creating a more perfect future for everyone.

There is no harm in being vulnerable and expressing how you are feeling, especially in the trying times that we are living through today. There is a lot to gain from discussing sensitive topics like this with family, friends, and neighbors. If you feel like you need a different outlet or perspective, please contact the Delaware County Telehealth Helpline (855-464-9342). The helpline is dedicated to providing emotional support to anyone in Delaware County, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The line is staffed by Certified Peer Specialists and Mental Health Professionals. Calls are confidential and can be made anonymously.

It is more important now than ever that we come together as residents of Upper Darby to look out for and protect each other. Please stay safe and stay home. Thank you.

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