As members of the Chester County Democratic Committee, we express our heartfelt condolences and support for the family and friends of Walter Wallace, Jr., who was fatally shot by the Philadelphia Police on October 26, 2020. We acknowledge the feelings of anger, frustration, sadness, despair and hopelessness that surround this tragedy, following many others that have reverberated across this country and our community.
Racism is a daily reality in our society and no community is immune. We have a thriving welcoming spirit in Chester County. We stand with those who protest peacefully against racial discrimination and inequality in our society, and we strive to live up to our highest ideals of “Equal Justice for All.” We shall move forward during these difficult times but we recognize racism has deep roots from the legacies of slavery, sharecropping, Jim Crow and redlining, still manifested in contemporary times by mass incarceration and racial profiling.
As citizens we can peacefully protest hate and discrimination. In doing so, we can ensure the spirit and names of our own neighbor, Bianca Roberson, in addition to Walter Wallace, Jr., George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Philando Castile, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and countless others who remain alive. But enough is enough! Black Lives Matter.
As citizens and leaders in our communities, we shall continue to learn from other communities on Best Policing Practices and recommendations such as the May 2015 Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. We encourage our Police Departments, if they haven’t already, to reach out and meet with leaders of the Communities of Color to hear their concerns and make plans to act upon the necessary reforms. In Chester County, we will continue to move forward to becoming more inclusive while living up to our shared ideals of liberty and justice for all.