Sheriff Suggests 911 Calls From Library May Be Ignored Due To Its BLM Support

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Artivia Tahir

Sheriff Daniel Coverley suggested a local library wouldn't receive help from police if it passed a diversity statement.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a local library district’s diversity statement by denouncing the Black Lives Matter movement and implying that the department would no longer respond to 911 calls at the library, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.

  • In a lengthy letter signed by Sheriff Daniel Coverley, it states:

“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.”

  • The library’s diversity statement, which mentioned Black Lives Matter only once and did not mention law enforcement, began:

“Everyone is welcome at the Douglas County Public Libraries. We offer free and equal access to information, services and programs for everyone regardless of race, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, political persuasion, disability, status, national origin or income level.”

  • The statement also said that the library system “denounces all acts of violence, racism and disregard for human rights.”

“We support #Black Lives Matter,” the diversity statement said. “We resolutely assert and believe that all forms of racism, hatred, inequality, and injustice don’t belong in our society.”

  • Library director Amy Dodson responded to Coverley’s letter, saying:

“I was surprised by the sheriff’s response because we have a really good relationship with the sheriff’s office. We support and appreciate all the great work they do for us and the statement was not intended to be against them or any other law enforcement. We love our first responders.”

  • The sheriff’s office posted a follow-up statement in which they withdrew the threat of stopping response to 911 calls:

“Sheriff Coverley would also like to take this opportunity to clarify that the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will continue to respond to all 911 calls, including those at the library.”

  • Dodson and Coverley met Tuesday afternoon and released a statement shortly after. Dodson said in the statement:

“Sheriff Coverley and I had a very candid conversation about the statement and we both expressed our opinions regarding the intent of our exchanged correspondence. The library respects and supports the work of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and appreciates everything they do to keep our community safe.”

  • Coverley added in the statement:

“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. My response was rooted in my belief that these issues need to be openly discussed in a way that values diversity and law enforcement.”

Read the full report.

Comments (1)
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Tiajen
Tiajen

He just finds all those books with no pictures frustrating.


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