NewsRegion St Lucie CountyPort St Lucie

Actions

City of Port St. Lucie hosts discussion on race, inclusion after death of George Floyd

'Imagine if that was you, or your son or your dad,' mayor says
Posted at 11:27 PM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 23:27:57-04

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — The city of Port St. Lucie provided an opportunity Thursday for police, government leaders and community members to start a conversation surrounding race relations and inclusion.

This comes after the death of George Floyd, the man who died while in the custody of four Minneapolis police officers.

"To anyone not deeply moved, imagine if that was you, or your son or your dad," Mayor Gregory Oravec said.

Oravec, along with the city manager, the city's police chief and the executive director of the city's roundtable, heard from residents ways they think leaders could better make the city for all people.

"This afternoon, I'm here to speak about an incident that happened during a traffic stop," Alex Oge, assistant principal at Treasure Coast High School in Port St. Lucie, said during the meeting.

Several people came to the meeting to speak in person.

"Unfortunately, so many of our young people do not understand the rules of law," Oge said. "They have to respect the police officers, and sometimes they do challenge them and it usually ends up bad for them."

Others made comments via Zoom.

"The members of our community must be taught to respect and obey the police, especially while they're stopped by the police," one speaker said. "Maybe that should be a part of driver's education."

Oravec said Thursday night's forum will likely be the first of many.

"We should all want justice -- and not just in this case," Oravec said. "We should all want a more just society for all people."