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Posted on: August 5, 2020

Mayor Joines Issues Statement on Neville Video

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Office of the Mayor
Aug. 5, 2020

Mayor Allen Joines released the following statement regarding the video of John Neville’s death:

“We are living in challenging times and this is a difficult day for our city. The video of Mr. Neville’s death is painful to watch, and understandably, it is giving rise to strong emotions. Anyone who has seen the video can fully understand why the Neville family initially asked that the video remain private. And yet they have put the community’s need for transparency above their own need for privacy. 

“Over the past weeks our citizens have come together to protest injustice and I support their right to protest peacefully. I agree that all the facts and information in this case must be made public. Thus far the process has worked. Charges have been filed and the video has been released. 

“Today, I’m asking all our citizens to remain peaceful and resist the urge to do something destructive. Let us follow the example of the Neville family and put the good of the community before our own emotions. For justice to prevail we have to allow the judicial process to move forward.  

“I am keeping the Neville family in my prayers and I ask everyone in the community to do the same.”

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