“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,” the letter said. “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.”
A diversity statement that a local library district in Northern Nevada was set to discuss Tuesday drew a harsh rebuke from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, which said in a letter that any endorsement of the Black Lives Matter movement would “support violence.”
The diversity statement was on the agenda at a Douglas County Public Library Board of Trustees meeting before the session was canceled. Library director Amy Dodson said the session was canceled because there was high public interest in the issue and the library could not accommodate the amount of anticipated public comment.
Before it was called off, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office posted a lengthy letter addressed to the library denouncing the Black Lives Matter movement and indicating the department would no longer respond to 911 calls at the library. The bulk of the letter from the Sheriff’s Office, which was signed by Sheriff Daniel Coverley, appears to be copied word for word from a letter dated June 22 that was sent to leaders in Congress.
Letter to Congress: