Bloomington Statement on the Death of Mr. George Floyd

June 1, 2020

Last week I watched with shock and horror the senseless death of George Floyd on Monday night in Minneapolis. Words cannot express my sadness and disappointment that we once again see members of our Minnesota Black community experiencing hurt and pain. My thoughts are with all those impacted and their families, friends, and communities. 

Over the last several years, we have made progress on the Bloomington City Council’s strategic priority of advancing equity and inclusion. However, there’s so much more work to be done. We ourselves have struggled at times to break away from the systems and structures that have perpetuated these injustices, but I am committed to learning from these mistakes. 

So we will amplify our efforts to create and support an inclusive culture that values and advances racial equity. We are committed to authentically engaging communities most affected by racial inequities and injustice in ways that foster shared learning, understanding, and power.

We will listen. We will learn. We will move this work forward. 

Tim Busse
Bloomington Mayor