Statement from Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings | May 31, 2020
As the first African-American elected Mayor of Orange County, I want to acknowledge we have a systemic problem with racism in America. It is my solemn commitment to work with community leaders in addressing it.
I support and applaud peaceful and thoughtful protests. However, we cannot as a civilized society accept violence and destruction of property as a solution. The call to action for protests must be done in a nonviolent manner with a healthy respect for the rule of law.
I stand with law enforcement leaders who have called for change and are against the unjustified use of force. We must be unified and have a respect for one another, especially during this time of a pandemic.
As a former police chief and sheriff, lawlessness is not the answer. I will be working with local leaders, clergy and law enforcement to develop long and short-term strategies to address the myriad of issues facing our society.
– Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings