Date: 3 June, 2020
To: Village of Maple Bluff Residents
From: Village Administrator / Chief of Police
Subject: Community Message
Yesterday I sent a message to address a growing number of resident concerns. My intent was to reassure you that our community remains safe. Given the troubling and complex social issues that we see intersecting nationally, I also feel it is necessary for each of us to clearly state our position on the moral and social issues at hand. A unified rejection of injustice is essential for meaningful change, and necessary to prevent further tragedies like the senseless death of George Floyd.
As the Maple Bluff Chief of Police, I am appalled and deeply troubled by the action and inaction that I saw from the officers involved in Mr. Floyd’s death. These actions were criminal and directly contradict our fundamental beliefs as law enforcement. Police officers share a solemn responsibility to protect the welfare, health, and safety of our fellow human beings in all circumstances. As officers, we have the fortunate responsibility to help those in the most need, to protect those who are the most vulnerable, and to do our best to make a positive difference in the lives of those we interact with. Tragedies of injustice undermine the very fabric of what our department strives to represent and uphold.
The entire Maple Bluff staff mourns the loss of Mr. Floyd and supports those working tirelessly to prevent future tragedies of racism, abuse of power, and impunity. Past injustices must guide our actions for positive change and bring us together. We fully support those who seek necessary changes within our society through peaceful protest and legitimate democratic processes. As public servants, it is our privilege to do so.
I think it is important you know that Maple Bluff staff stand in solidarity with those most impacted by these injustices. We do not tolerate the unfair treatment of others, abuse of authority, or cruelty. Our staff is a family who respects and values each member’s contribution on a daily basis. We continue to work together in common purpose to serve and improve the Maple Bluff community.
Thank you for your valuable feedback and ongoing support! Please continue to reach out to me with your questions and concerns.
Tanner A. Nystrom
Administrator / Chief of Police
Village of Maple Bluff
18 Oxford Place
Madison, WI. 53704
Work: (608) 244-3048
Desk: (608) 230-7654