Recently our chief of police was quoted as saying:
“Black Lives Matter, as far as I am concerned, is a radical hate group. And for that purpose alone, I think the leadership of this country needs to look a little bit harder at that particular group. The consequences of what we saw in Dallas is due to their efforts.”
Many of our local elected officials then wrote a letter to our mayor including this statement:
“That is why we urge you to publicly repudiate the statement, forcefully and unequivocally, and hold Chief Allen accountable for damaging the public trust and bringing disrepute to our community.”
One former city representative was quoted in a Times article thusly:
“I think it was incredibly irresponsible of him. I have no confidence in him any longer as the chief of police.”
City representative Robinson made more sense than all of the others combined when according to the Times he said:
“All lives matter,” and declined to comment further.
I don’t know
I don’t know anything about the group called Black Lives Matter.
What I do know is that when an individual like chief Allen, who rarely speaks out in public, makes a statement I start by giving it more credence than anything that anyone in the pack that is calling for his head says.
I would imagine that as chief of police he has access to much more information about the group than we get told by the people who spoon feed information to our local media.
This police chief is an outstanding public servant who goes out of his way to stay out of politics.
Now that you mention it
Moving on from their politically self serving actions, I would like to call attention to their position that public officials should be held responsible for their actions.
Several of the bunch that signed the letter have done a lot to damage the public and the public’s trust and have certainly brought disrepute to our community.
I suppose it would be foolish to expect them to step up to the plate and make amends.
And by the way maybe the elected officials who signed the letter should learn something about our city charter. The police chief reports to the city manager, not to the mayor nor to city council. Then again maybe they are just trying to manipulate the mayor.
We deserve better