Rep. Larkin’s statement on the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Jonathan Larkin, D-Glendale (District 30), released this statement regarding the civil unrest and violence in Baltimore:
“The tragedy of Freddie Gray’s death in Baltimore touches all of us and Mr. Gray’s family deserves our support as they mourn their loss. This sad event is yet another indication that we have a long way to go before issues of racial equality and responsible policing practices can be resolved. As discussions of these and other issues continue at the national and local levels, peaceful protest and community engagement will be crucial. Community violence cannot resolve these questions, and I encourage everyone to speak out, become involved, but remain nonviolent and respect the rule of law.
“This tragedy and the many that occurred before it should push all of us to look critically at public policies and internal police policies that may contribute to these events. The bonds of trust between police and the communities they serve are often not as strong as they could be. We should be holding these discussions in Arizona and throughout the United States because real changes can happen only when communities and their police departments work together.”