CITY HALL • Mayor Tishaura O. Jones published a statement on Tuesday afternoon regarding today’s news of the guilty verdict of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd in May 2020.
“Today, justice has been served in George Floyd’s murder. I am relieved to see that we are finally seeing the consequences for when our officers, who are sworn to protect and serve the people, violate the trust of those people. We will not become complacent, though, as we have plenty of work to do to continue transforming the Department of Public Safety to rebuild the relationship with our communities.”
The message comes only hours after Jones became the 46th mayor of the city of St. Louis during an inauguration ceremony held at City Hall at noon on Tuesday.
Jones has stated her commitment to public safety and has often repeated her slogan of “putting the public back in public safety,” when applied to her local approach to crime and homicide prevention.
Jones has put an emphasis on a need for relations between police and city residents and has given early signs of being proactive with the hiring of Dan Isom as interim director for public safety and Heather Taylor as senior advisor to Isom. Both law enforcement veterans have served in the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and have decades of policy and public safety experience.
However, Jones has made a commitment to look beyond St. Louis to recruit talent for her top public safety job, a search that presumably will begin now that she is mayor.
In her press release issued today, the first official one as mayor, Jones invited people to “practice their First Amendment rights nonviolently outside of City Hall.”