Press Statement 4/15/2021 from Attorney Traci Carrillo, Victim’s Right Attorney for Esther Lemus.
To see the full Press Statement in original .pdf format, please click this link: Press Release 04/15/2021
NEWS MEDIA PRESS RELEASE
Re: Dominic Foppoli
Numerous news media outlets have requested a response by Councilmember Esther Lemus as to her reaction to last night’s Town Council Meeting. She provides this following written statement:
“Although I had to recuse myself from last night’s meeting, I watched the meeting. As an elected official, I take our community members, their words, and their experiences very seriously. Yesterday’s meeting opened a lot of deep wounds for myself, the other victims and our community.
As your elected official, I have immediately begun looking into the following:
- Policies and procedures we can put into place if an elected official is accused of misconduct. We need a system in place as to what kind of investigation will take place and what will be done with the findings.
- We need internal practices for addressing the emotional and psychological harm and trauma caused to the internal organization and employees.
- We need practices and community outreach to promote healing and the rebuilding of trust within the community (for example healing circles or making available a drop in counselor to the community at our cost).
- If we need to consult with an outside expert on these issues, I would be completely supportive.
It is clear we have a lot of work to do moving forward.
I look forward to leading institutional change to directly respond to our failures in leadership. I will work tirelessly to help unite us and move forward towards healing.”