Library’s proposal on Black Lives Matter prompts sheriff not to answer 911 call

A Nevada County library’s proposed statement in support of Black Lives Matter warned the local sheriff that his office would not respond to his 911 calls.

“We support #BlackLivesMatter,” the Douglas County Public Library said in a proposed small statement released last week at the end of the agenda for a meeting. “We strongly believe and believe that all kinds of racism, hatred, inequality and injustice are not there in our society.”

Sheriff Dan Coverley, in the county that is about an hour south of Reno, responded and argued in a letter to the Library Board of Trustees calling the death of George Floyd in ministerial police custody “tragic and preventable” That “the data simply does not claim that law enforcement is systematically racist or structurally biased.”

The letter, published Monday on the Sheriff’s Office website, states, “Due to your support of Black Lives Matter and the apparent 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 all the best with disturbances and lewd behavior, as recently my office has assisted you in the past,” the letter said.

Douglas County Sheriff Dan Coverley attends a press conference organized by Waso County District Attorney Chris Hicks on January 28, 2019 in Nevada.Scott soner / ap file

County spokesman Melissa Blosser later retracted the idea that sheriff’s depots would no longer answer 911 calls from the library.

“Sheriff Coverley would also like to take the opportunity to clarify that the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will continue to answer all those 911 calls at the library,” Blosser told the Reno Gazette Journal.

Library director Amy Dodson told NBC affiliate KSNV in Las Vegas that the proposed diversity statement was “simply to state our inclusivity in the library, that we are open and welcome everyone and treat us all the same.” “

Dodson and Coverley met on Tuesday and issued a joint statement on social media in which the library director said the two had very clear conversations.

“We agreed that we both support the people of Douglas County and this could be an unfortunate situation of misunderstanding,” Dodson said. The library honors and supports the work of the Douglas County Sheriff Office and appreciates them for maintaining our community. Safe. “

The sheriff said in the statement that he is “passionate and proud” about his agency’s work in the community.

“It has been a difficult time to be a law enforcement professional and when we feel that our office may be attacked, it can be frustrating,” Coverley said. My belief in my response was that these issues need to be discussed openly. The way diversity and law enforcement are valued. “

The joint statement said that the Diversity Proclamation would be considered at the planned library board meeting.

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