Statement from Mayor Ed Braddy Regarding Joint Town Hall Meeting Tomorrow


It is with deep sadness that I learned of the shooting death of Robert Dentmond. Whenever there is loss of life, especially of someone so young, there will necessarily be questions asked about the police response and whether anything other than lethal force could have, or should have, been used. These are thoughtful questions that deserve a complete response.

For all involved - from the family of Mr. Dentmond to the officers at the scene - I urge calm as the appropriate authorities investigate this tragic matter in order to ensure accountability. The people of Gainesville and Alachua County can have confidence that the process for the investigation will be thorough and transparent, and will respect the rights of all involved. This is the high standard we have set for our community.

Leadership from the Alachua County Sheriff's Office and Gainesville Police Department have called a town hall meeting for tomorrow (Tuesday, March 22) at 6 p.m. at Powerhouse Church (7600 SW 24th Ave.) where members of our community can express their concerns, and receive information from law enforcement about the facts we are able to disclose at this time.

No community is immune to tragedy. Gainesville is a city committed to liberty and justice. I ask for the prayerful in our community to lift up the family of Robert Dentmond, as well as the officers involved and their families. We are all in this together. May God bless our great city.

Ed Braddy
Mayor, City of Gainesville