Sheriff and Police Chief Address Social Unrest and Law Enforcement
BERRYVILLE, VA (June 15, 2020) Clarke County Sheriff Tony Roper and Town of Berryville Police Chief Neal White released a video on June 9 addressing the national discussion about race, police brutality, and social justice. The video is available on both the “Clarke County, Virginia” Facebook page and the county’s YouTube channel.
“Clarke County is wide open space, small towns, the Blue Ridge mountains, and the peaceful Shenandoah River,” begins Roper, noting the county has long been a place where neighbors know and care for their neighbors. “Its greatest strength is the compassionate, caring people who call Clarke home. We believe the law enforcement officers who work for the Town of Berryville Police Department and the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office are also compassionate, caring people. That’s why we hired them.”
Speaking for both agencies White said, “Our hearts break every time we learn of any person wrongfully killed by a police officer, and we know that in our country the victims are often African-Americans. The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others are inexcusable.”
Roper acknowledges the county’s history of slavery, segregation, and violence toward people of color. “So, we know we must work every day to earn your respect. Preserving the trust that took decades to build is paramount to us.”
In the video, the sheriff and police chief make clear the standards to which they hold their deputies and officers accountable. They encourage residents to talk with them about issues relating to racism and law enforcement. “Let’s talk about what we do, how we do it, and how together we can do it better. This is the time to turn ideas into actions,” White said.
Contact Sheriff Roper at (540) 955-5153 or email@example.com.
Contact Chief White at (540) 955-3863 or firstname.lastname@example.org.