A message from Chief DeVaul to the community regarding sign removal: Please see Chief's updated message
Update to Chief DeVaul’s Message – June 08 at 4:45pm
The redacted text of the incoming call to our dispatch center on June 1, 2020 has been released. Last week, we wanted to respond to the incident as quickly as possible. Now as additional background information is available, we will continue to review the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident and continue to make operational improvements as appropriate.
Update to Chief DeVaul’s Message – June 04 at 5:30pm
Body Cam footage: Police Removal of Signs:
Police Chief DeVaul Interview with WJLA TV
Update to Chief DeVaul’s Message – June 02 at 12:00pm
Posted this morning – June 02 at 8:55am
We are aware of the video posted on social media of an interaction between one of our officers removing a sign calling for action from a light pole. Posting signs on light poles and other structures is illegal in Takoma Park. However, during this time of mourning and reflection, we support creating more spaces for residents to express their feelings and raise awareness with signs, posters, and other means. Understanding this need, City Manager Suzanne Ludlow will be putting out an emergency order overriding the posting of sign restriction. We encourage residents to post signs throughout the city.
We have addressed this incident with the involved officer and will be discussing it with all of our staff. As I have stated numerous times, we want to be part of the solution, not the problem. The removal of signs is not part of the solution and for that, I apologize. We all understand that tensions are running high across the country and in Takoma Park. Let’s find a way to learn from this incident and take steps to bring us together.