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Foster Recognizes Aurora Police Officer David Bemer On House Floor

Jun 30, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) spoke on the house floor to recognize the community outreach efforts of Officer David Bemer and the Aurora Police Department.

Video of Foster’s speech is available here.

Text of Foster’s remarks is below:

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

In the last year, we have seen far too many examples of conflict and violence in our communities.

And while we cannot forget or ignore these tragedies, it is important that we recognize the good that is happening throughout our country every day.

I would like to take a moment to share with you one example.

While out on patrol, Aurora, Illinois, Police Officer David Bemer stopped when he saw a group of teens in the street.

Some of the kids said they were alarmed, not knowing why he was stopping or what might happen next.

They explained that they were all part of a dance group, called Simply Destinee, and were practicing in the alley because their dance studio lost electrical power.

What happened next was something that we would all love to see much more of.

Officer Bemer got out of his car, and danced with the kids.

The video from this went viral – highlighting exactly the kind of community engagement that we would love to see more of.

This is what happens when police officers, like those in my district, get to know their communities, and communities get to know their police officers. 

It is only when we work together –police officers side by side with members of the community – that we make real and lasting progress.

Thank you Mr. Speaker, and with a smile on my face, I yield back.