GERMANTOWN, Tenn. — Germantown’s Mayor issued a statement Monday after an exchange between a Black Lives Matter demonstrator and a passerby was shared on social media over the weekend.
The exchange between protester Eddie Nelson and financial consultant Lloyd Crawford was captured on cell phone video and has gone viral on social media. As of Sunday afternoon, the video has over 500,000 views on Twitter alone.
The mayor’s statement reads as follows:
The City of Germantown is aware of a video circulating the internet involving a resident and another individual.
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” Those rights are protected and respected by the City of Germantown.
We also want to be clear - our community is for everyone. You are welcome. You are safe.
The City of Germantown takes pride in the diversity of our community. The way we conduct ourselves professionally and personally means we carry out our duties ethically and with compassion toward the community that we serve. We treat all people equitably regardless of background, race, religion, political views or orientation. We expect human decency. Our workforce is built upon a foundation of positive relationships and mutual trust. There is no room for racism and no room for personal violence in our community.
“The voice of one individual does not represent the voices of the more than 40,000 people who call Germantown their home,” said Mayor Mike Palazzolo. “Our community values a culture of excellence and kindness, and this incident does not reflect who we are as a community,” Mayor Palazzolo added.
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