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St. Charles mayor praises peaceful nature of recent Black Lives Matter rally

Artist Joseph Gagnepain brought his artwork to a Black Lives Matter rally on June 6 at Lincoln Park in downtown St. Charles.
Artist Joseph Gagnepain brought his artwork to a Black Lives Matter rally on June 6 at Lincoln Park in downtown St. Charles.

ST. CHARLES – At Monday's St. Charles City Council meeting, St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina lauded the peaceful nature of the Black Lives Matter rally that took place June 6 in Lincoln Park that attracted at least 1,000 people.

"Peaceful dialogue has always existed in our community and because of the professionalism of the organizers and the St. Charles police, another such example of this model became a reality," said Rogina, who also spoke at the rally.

The rally was held to protest the death of George Floyd, an African-American man, who died in police custody after now-former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck. Following the rally, participants marched peacefully through the downtown.

Rogina also took note of the department's practices and procedures, which are listed on the city's website at stcharlesil.gov/our-commitment-community. The department prohibits the use of excessive force. For example, chokeholds or other moves to restrict breathing are strictly prohibited.

He said the department has a zero-tolerance approach toward racial profiling and has a policy against biased-based policing.

"Our goal is to continue working to assure our community that the intolerable acts by police in other cities causing the genesis for the national conversation at hand have no place in our community and we will work with fellow government agencies to reinforce that message," Rogina said.

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