Since the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minnesota on May 25 and the nationwide protests that have followed, Densmore and Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker have said they want to start in-depth conversations with the community on race issues.
Pastors from religious and interfaith communities of color have expressed concern with Byers' comments.
“I have been listening carefully to the comments, feedback, and reactions related to Police Chief Byers from residents all over our city,” Densmore said, Thursday. “Listening is important.”
Byers’ return will depend in part on those voices, according to Mullen.
In an email to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Mullen said, “Timing of a decision will take place after the important discussions with community members and the women and men of the department.”