LANCASTER, Pa., April 20, 2021 — Mayor Danene Sorace and Interim Chief of Police John Bey released the following statement today as the country awaits the verdict of the Chauvin Trial.
“As the jury continues its deliberation of the case of Derek Chauvin, the City of Lancaster understands that this verdict has great significance to our community and communities across the country.
Mayor Sorace ran for office to help build a stronger and more equitable Lancaster. If the last year has taught us anything, it’s that equity has to underpin everything we do in service to the greater good. As it relates to policing here in Lancaster City, we’ve been very intentional in continuing to align our Police Bureau with best practices of 21st century policing. Under the leadership of Interim Chief Bey, there has been considerable progress in shifting policy and practice within our Bureau. This shift along with steps taken over the past three years includes revising the Use of Force Policy, the implementation of body cameras, the creation of the Community & Police Working Group, hiring two police social workers, and updated training across all levels of the police bureau represent key changes, and we know there’s more to be done.
Our police officers are always prepared to maintain the public’s safety and continuously respond to calls for service as part of their day-to-day work. As it relates to any protest, let us be clear that it is every American’s constitutional right to protest and we hold that right dear. Mayor Sorace and Chief Bey have a clear understanding, peaceful protests should not involve police. However, if there is a threat to public safety, our department will respond.”