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Defunding the police has consequences.
A Nevada sheriff is making headlines after he told the local library system NOT to call 911 after they publicly issued support for Black Lives Matter.
The BLM movement has famously called to defund the police.
In radical instances, some members have called for the total abolition of police departments. Others are calling for reparations for slavery.
In a public letter to the library, Douglas County Sherriff Dan Coverly wrote:
Due to your support of Black Lives Matter and the obvious lack of support or trust with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, please do not feel the need to call 911 for help.
I wish you good luck with disturbances and lewd behavior, since those are just some of the recent calls my office has assisted you with in the past.
Actions have consequences.
Supporting a movement that undermines law and order will have serious ramifications for communities.
More details below:
Everyone agrees with the statement "black lives matter."
But people don't like the official organization, which has been exposed to have marxist roots.
People also don't like the calls to defund and abolish police departments, which provide peace and security for local communities.
The New York Post has more details on this story:
A Nevada county sheriff told a local library not to bother calling 911 for help after it expressed support for Black Lives Matter, according to a report.
In a statement of diversity and inclusion, the Douglas County public library denounced “all acts of violence, racism and disregard for human rights,” The Reno Gazette-Journal reported.
“We support #BlackLivesMatter,” the statement, drafted by the county’s board of library trustees, continued. “We resolutely assert and believe that all forms of racism, hatred, inequality and injustice don’t belong in our society.”
But the message prompted Douglas County Sheriff Dan Coverley to post a sharply worded open letter on the sheriff’s office website, the Gazette-Journal reported.
“Due to your support of Black Lives Matter and the obvious lack of support or trust with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, please do not feel the need to call 911 for help,” Coverley wrote.
“I wish you good luck with disturbances and lewd behavior, since those are just some of the recent calls my office has assisted you with in the past.”
“Numerous Black Lives Matter protests have resulted in violence, property damage and the closing of local businesses, sometimes permanently,” the sheriff added. “To support this movement is to support violence and to openly ask for it to happen in Douglas County.”
The draft diversity statement was supposed to be considered by the board of trustees at a Tuesday meeting, but that discussion was tabled “due to [an] overwhelming amount of community response,” county spokeswoman Melissa Blosser told the outlet.
Coverley and Library Director Amy Dodson met for a discussion on Tuesday, and then issued a joint statement on the matter.
Coverley said his initial reaction to the diversity statement “was rooted in my belief that these issues need to be openly discussed in a way that values diversity and law enforcement.”
“This has been a difficult time to be a law enforcement professional and can be disheartening when we perceive that our office may be under attack,” he added.
Minority communities will be hurt the most if the police are defunded.
The sheriff was not making a political statement.
Rather, he was showing the actual cost of what it means to undermine local law enforcement.
After the letter was published, the library and sheriff's office have attempted to reach a new level of understanding.
CNN has more details on the ongoing talks:
The sheriff and library system director said they discussed the issue the next day and agreed it had been an "unfortunate circumstance of misunderstanding."
The meeting discussing the statement was meant to happen Tuesday but has now been rescheduled for an unspecified date.
The library's proposed diversity statement said in part that it "denounces all acts of violence, racism, and disregard for human rights. We support "BlackLivesMatter. We resolutely assert and believe that all forms of racism, hatred, inequality, and injustice don't belong in our society."
It added that the system had signed the Urban Libraries Council's Statement on Race and Social Equity -- signed by 180 public libraries across the United States and Canada, committing to making their communities "more inclusive and just."
Coverley's letter called the death of George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis police custody in May, "tragic and preventable," but then said "data simply does not support claims that law enforcement is systemically racist or structurally biased." That language, as well as the letter's first four paragraphs, is taken word for word from a letter sent to leaders in Congress from multiple state attorney generals and sheriffs associations in June, asking for assistance in combating "anti-police rhetoric."
Tuesday, the day after Coverley's public letter, he and Douglas County Library Director Amy Dodson released a joint statement addressing the issue.
The two had a "very candid conversation," Dodson said in the statement.
"We agreed that we both support the people of Douglas County and this may have been an unfortunate circumstance of misunderstanding," Dodson said. "The library respects and supports the work of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and appreciates everything they do to keep our community safe."
"This has been a difficult time to be a law enforcement professional and can be disheartening when we perceive that our office may be under attack," Coverley said in the statement. "My response was rooted in my belief that these issues need to be openly discussed in a way that values diversity and law enforcement."
Liberals will likely try to slander the sheriff as a "racist."
However, he was simply responding to the anti-police rhetoric and harsh calls to defund police departments.
May we continue to DEFEND the police, not defund the police!