To the great citizens of Temecula during this very difficult time. As Mayor, I want to express that the leaders of our City hurt alongside you. We are deeply disturbed at the inexcusable and intolerable acts of brutality that took place in Minnesota, and grieve the death of Mr. George Floyd.
I am proud to serve as Mayor of a City that respects diversity, and values peaceful, constitutional assembly and free speech without violence. Today, an organized protest at the Temecula Duck Pond occurred that rose to an unlawful assembly as determined by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. While it did not devolve to looting, destruction and dangerous activities taking place in cities across the country, we will protect our community with professionalism and respect that preserves our constitutional rights to free speech while effectively serving public safety needs. I thank our Sheriff’s Department for their strong public protection, safeguards, and compassion at this time. I have the utmost confidence in Temecula residents to be peaceful and empathetic as we express our sincere and profound condolences.
God bless Temecula. God Bless America. God Bless Mr. Floyd
James "Stew" Stewart, Mayor