BAYONNE, NJ - Reflecting on his own upbringing during which his father taught him to “never assume to know how anyone feels,” unless he’s lived in their skin, Mayor Jimmy Davis shared that he will never say that he knows how the family of George Floyd feels, or how the African American community feels. 

George Floyd lost his life last week after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his throat for an extended period of time during an arrest.

“I do know this,” Davis, a 28-year veteran of the Bayonne Police Department said. “The killing of George Floyd should have never happened.” Davis said he felt “anger and confusion” after viewing the video of the incident and that he wasn’t sure how “any human being could have so little compassion for another human being.”

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In the statement posted to his Facebook page Davis celebrated Bayonne’s diversity, saying it is something that must be embraced. “If we work together and accept each other as brothers and sisters in humanity, we can avoid the pitfalls seen in these horrible examples of inhumanity.”

Davis closed by asking residents to say a prayer for the soul of George Floyd, for his family, and for the community to remain “unified and strong.”

“I am confident that our city will be the example of compassion and brotherhood for which other cities strive.”

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