Last night, we saw a mostly peaceful protest and assembly in action. I fully and firmly believe in our first amendment rights as Americans. We should speak out. We should hold our leaders accountable. We should stand up for our fundamental truths and beliefs. It is an integral part of a democracy.
While there were tense situations, I am happy that many of our community members were able to protest respectfully.
I want to thank Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee for his leadership leading up to and during the protests. His steady approach is a welcome addition to our great city. I also want to thank all the police officers on-site yesterday for ensuring the safety of all.
I am encouraged by the peaceful events yesterday evening. We are committed to creating a city for everyone, and we will continue to do what it takes to ensure that diverse voices are welcomed, valued and heard.
Be well, Boise.