MINDEN, Nev. (WR) — A small group of Black Lives Matter supporters on Saturday reduce quick an indication exterior the workplace of a northern Nevada sheriff and left amid jeers from individuals in a bigger crowd of a whole lot of counter-protesters.

A person carrying a white cowboy hat exhorted counter-protesters, together with some who carried American flags and others carrying semiautomatic rifles on slings over their shoulders, to let the Black Lives Matter supporters to depart the realm in peace.

“Allow them to out, guys,” the unidentified man mentioned as a black sedan drove slowly by means of the group.

Douglas County Sheriff Dan Coverley got here below hearth final month after he posted a letter on his workplace’s web site telling the library to not trouble calling 911 for assist after the library thought of supporting the motion.

Coverley later backed off, saying his division would proceed to answer all 911 calls.

The sheriff mentioned Saturday throughout an outside information briefing earlier than the protest that he solely meant that individuals didn’t need to name his workplace in the event that they didn’t belief legislation enforcement. “I by no means threatened something,” he mentioned.

The sheriff additionally mentioned legislation enforcement officers throughout the nation have been subjected to “unfair scrutiny primarily based on the occasions of a number of officers 1000’s of miles” away.

Coverley mentioned his workplace had established “free speech zones” to be used by protesters and counter-protesters.

“The entire objective is that everybody can come and train their First Modification rights and say what they wish to say … security, peacefully and all of us go house.” Coverley mentioned.

“We’re with Dan,” Coverley supporters chanted in the course of the briefing.

The sheriff posted his controversial letter after the Douglas County Public Library thought of publishing a press release in help of range and inclusion.

“We help #BlackLivesMatter,” part of the assertion mentioned. “We resolutely assert and consider that each one types of racism, hatred, inequality and injustice don’t belong in our society.”

The library ended up abandoning plans to situation the variety assertion.

Library Director Amy Dodson has mentioned the assertion was meant to bolster that the library welcomes people of all backgrounds.

“It merely was meant to state our inclusivity on the library, that we’re open and welcoming to everybody and we deal with everybody equally,” Dodson mentioned.

Minden is 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Reno.