“We are all appalled at the images of George Floyd’s arrest, and many of us are still in shock by his tragic, brutal and unnecessary death.
“As you know, this tragedy has sparked mass protest across America to highlight the issue of police brutality against black Americans, and over the last few days Black Lives Matter protests have also been held here in London.
“Here in Merton, we have a diverse population coming from many different backgrounds and we continue to work in partnership with the police and other agencies to keep Merton residents safe.
“Our local police have built up a good working relationship with all communities in the borough and treat our residents with dignity and respect.
“We support the need to show solidarity and to continue the fight for equality and justice and would urge local residents who wish to show that black lives matter, and to continue to do so safely to honour George Floyd and the many others who have lost their lives in similar circumstances.
“To show that respect and support, we will be lighting the civic centre purple tonight, and I urge everyone in the borough to continue to safely support.
“Merton stands against all forms of hate and in these unprecedented times, where face to face advice is currently unavailable, we want to ensure our residents continue to have access to our Hate Crime Advice Surgeries. To run this service safely, we’ve launched our new telephone support service, which will temporarily replace our monthly drop-in surgeries.”
Cllr Stephen Alambritis, Leader of the Merton Labour Group
Cllr Nick McLean, Leader of the Merton Conservative Group
Cllr Anthony Fairclough, Leader of the Merton Liberal Democrat Group
Cllr Peter Southgate, Leader of the Merton Park Independent Residents Group
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