City of Rochester Hills Issues Statement Regarding a Homeowner Shooting at a High School Student

“Over the last 24 hours I’ve been working with the leadership of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and Rochester Community Schools and have been kept apprised of the terrible incident which occurred yesterday in one of our neighborhoods. While the City cannot officially comment on matters under investigation, I am personally sickened by the initial reports and they suggest behavior completely unacceptable and inconsistent with the character and values of our community. Our city has a strong and unwavering policy when it comes to acts of hatred. The key excerpt of that policy is referenced below and I’ve asked for it to be placed prominently on the City website as well. We stand by this position wholeheartedly and look forward to justice in this case.” – Mayor Bryan K. Barnett

Whereas, the Rochester Hills City Council deems the fundamental human rights and civil liberties guaranteed in the United States and Michigan Constitutions and protected through federal and state civil rights laws, and the ability to freely exercise and enjoy those rights and liberties, are essential to the public health, safety and welfare of the City and its residents and visitors; and

Whereas, the community is enriched by the diversity of its residents and the people who visit and do business in the City.

Therefore, It Is Resolved, the Rochester Hills City Council:

  1. Reaffirms its support for the human rights and civil liberties of all people in Rochester Hills, and the free exercise and enjoyment of any and all human rights, civil liberties and privileges under the U.S. and Michigan Constitutions and federal and state civil rights laws, and calls upon all City officials and employees and all residents and businesses in the City to respect the human rights, privileges and dignity of all persons in the community.
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