Please see my remarks at the Unity Rally I held along with other elected officials, community leaders, veterans, and religious leaders at Floyd Lamb Park.
"I want to thank all of you for coming out here tonight. It is great to see all these members of the faith community, elected officials, and community representatives out here to help deliver a message of unity to the people of Nevada.
One of the few good things to come out of the last several months of the coronavirus lockdown was how we came together as a community to help each other get through these tough times. From organizing food drives, donating blood, delivering supplies to people unable to go out, or any other needs that arose in our communities. The residents of Las Vegas rose to the occasion. We showed once again what Vegas Strong really means and I couldn't have been prouder.
That is why the events of the last few nights are so disturbing to me, to see outside agitators try to tear this city apart at a time when we need unity the most is appalling and infuriating. For businesses that have suffered greatly to have to shut down out of fear of their employees and their property is completely unacceptable.
I want to recognize all the first responders across the valley for the amazing job they have done to keep the damage to a minimum. They all deserve our thanks.
I want to be clear that I am drawing a strong distinction between the people who are exercising their first amendment right to assemble and protest the horrible injustice that happened to Mr. Floyd, and the outside agitators that are not here to honor him but rather cause chaos and damage to our great city.
While peaceful protests will always be welcome, criminal behavior, property destruction, and violence will never be tolerated and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Mr. Flyod is not honored by more violence. We must allow the investigation to continue and the wheels of justice to move forward.
Police misconduct of any kind, against any person, is wrong regardless of the color of their skin. All people need to be treated fairly with dignity and respect. Anything less than that is not only unacceptable but is a stain of the rest of the members of the law enforcement community that perform their jobs with compassion and professionalism,
I want to close with a quote from MLK, 'In spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace.' 'Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.'"