Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown released a statement today in response to the grand jury decision not to indict the white police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old, during a confrontation in a neighborhood street last summer in Ferguson, Mo.
“The decision in Ferguson gives all of us an opportunity to engage in a thoughtful conversation,” Brown said. “President Obama talked about the importance of lifting up best practices to address issues such as this. Clearly a best practice across our nation is embracing diversity and inclusion. Communities that do this are happier, healthier and more economically vibrant.
“In Buffalo, we have a strong focus on diversity and inclusion as core values, and I’ve made them a priority in my administration,” Brown said. “Our city is one community and that’s why I wore the One Buffalo hat during the course of the recent storm. I wanted to demonstrate Buffalo’s unity to our neighbors and to the nation.
“Whether it’s braving a devastating storm, reducing unemployment, improving the education of our children, addressing poverty or tackling crime, we are and must be ONE Buffalo. We must stand together for peace in Ferguson, in Buffalo and in communities all across the country.”