Message from Mayor Neil Johnson
Posted on 06/03/2020
Like so many people in the United States, we are shocked and dismayed by what happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis. This in no way represents the vast majority of police officers who are committed to protecting and serving all members of the public with integrity and professionalism. It is absolutely sickening to see such a senseless act of violence that violates the public trust, perpetuates racism, and ultimately undermines the safety of all of us. It needs to stop.

Here in Bonney Lake, I want to assure you that the actions and inaction taken by the Minneapolis police officers does not align with the values of our City or the policies and practices of the Bonney Lake Police Department, which are based on nationally accepted standards. Police officer candidates receive an extensive background investigation to ensure they are a good fit for policing our community. Officers receive ongoing crisis intervention, de-escalation and anti-bias training. Department members respect the sanctity of human life and dignity, without prejudice to anyone on account of race, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. We carefully monitor officers’ use of force to ensure force is only used when necessary to protect public welfare. Every use of force (anything above compliant handcuffing) is carefully reviewed by multiple supervisors for compliance with policy as well as any potential bias.

At this time of crisis, we ask for the public’s cooperation in keeping Bonney Lake a safe place to live and work. While we support peaceful protests, we condemn the property damage and looting that is taking place in other cities. Such acts just compound the pain the community is already experiencing from the pandemic as well as the mourning of George Floyd.