Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is speaking out about the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white officer pressed a knee into his neck for more than eight minutes while taking him into custody in Minnesota.
Montz’s comments came just hours before a planned protest in Downtown Tiffin over Floyd’s death.
“Words cannot describe the anger I felt watching the video of George Floyd,” Montz said. “We as a nation must come together and stamp out hate and brutality of any kind.
“The arrest of Officer Chauvin is a positive first step. However, we do not live in a vacuum, and until we address the larger systemic issues facing our nation, we will not be able to properly heal and move forward.
“We must all commit to treating one another fairly and equally regardless of race, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disabilities.
“Stop with the judgement. Stop with the hate. Stop with the violence. Start with loving your neighbor. Start being a helper. Start loving. One city, one county, one state, one nation, one world; together we can,” Montz wrote on Facebook.
Protests have been taking place in cities from coast to coast as demonstrators decry years of deaths at police hands.
Floyd’s death has been compared to the 2014 death of Eric Garner. Garner, also an unarmed black man, repeated “I can’t breathe” eleven times after being placed in a chokehold by a New York police officer during an arrest in Staten Island.
The protest in Downtown Tiffin is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at the Seneca County Joint Justice Center on E. Market St.