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Knochelmann: We Can Win this Fight Against Evil


The following statement is from Kenton County Judge/Executive Kris Knochelmann:

The events of the last several weeks have been unsettling, heartbreaking, and sad. George Floyd’s life mattered. Black lives matter. Saying so does not diminish the dignity of any other life. 

We stand together.

Like so many of you, I am listening and learning, especially from those who have been denied opportunity and justice. As judge/executive, I am committed to better understanding this difficult topic and working for meaningful change.

I join with others, including Mr. Floyd’s family, in condemning the senseless violence and property damage that followed his death. But I don’t mistake the actions of the lawless for the true voice crying out for justice. Rather, I stand with the many peaceful voices of protest who are only asking that our nation be true to the highest ideals of justice and equality. 

It becomes clearer and clearer that we cannot wait. We have to act. My commitment to the citizens of Kenton County, as your Judge Executive, is that I will listen, I will learn, and I will act.  

(Former NFL player and head coach) Tony Dungy recently stated, “We need empathy. We need to listen. And we need to care about each other. Even those we might disagree with. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21 NIV.” 

We are fighting against evil, and it’s a fight I know we can win together as a community.