Statement from Mayor Charles Washington Jr. and Executive Order #20-01

June 4, 2020

We the leaders of Salem City wish to acknowledge the horrific act involving the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis. We detest brutality and discrimination of any sort especially when committed by police officers entrusted with the safety and well-being of others sworn to protect and to serve. We know many good police officers including those that police our city that are angered and appalled at this and other similar incidents. Our prayers go out to George Floyd’s family and friends.

We also acknowledge that police brutality is a systemic issue that plagues the black and brown communities of our nation. A plague that has claimed additional lives such as Eric Garner, Philando Castile, Botham Jean, Atatiana Jefferson, Breonna Taylor and many more we are not aware of. We understand that it will take time to change systemic racism, discrimination and disenfranchisement that currently exists in our nation. We believe that when everyone who believes all men are created equal and should be treated as such work together, we will be able to realize equality for all. We support all those that are making an effort to create policies that abolish inequalities that adversely affect the minority communities.

For centuries through one harmonious voice America has protested injustices in an effort to enact social change. We support and believe in every American’s first amendment right to free speech and their right to peacefully protest. Until those who don’t experience the pain and hurt of racism, bigotry and discrimination lend their voice to the cause then change will be prolonged but not denied. We encourage our residents to protest freely and in peace! Understand that those who lead the way for change have the biggest responsibility of leadership. We will not condone violence or destruction of property as these actions are counterproductive and used to undermine the message of change, healing and hope.

By Order of the Mayor, pursuant to City Ordinance 3-2 E,:

  • Protests are to be peaceful;
  • Protests are to conclude at 6pm;
  • Protests are not to impede the traffic; and

Effective immediately and lasting through June 11, 2020, curfew for persons under the age of 18 shall be 8:00 PM unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.