MINDEN, Nev. (WR) — A northern Nevada sheriff extensively criticized for mishandling a battle with the county library over the Black Lives Matter motion is encouraging all sides to peacefully categorical their views at a weekend demonstration deliberate outdoors his workplace.
Douglas County Sheriff Dan Coverley got here beneath hearth final week 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-about supporting the motion.
Coverley later rescinded the risk, saying his division would proceed to answer all 911 calls.
The (Gardnerville) File-Courier studies county officers have mapped out free-speech zones on the Judicial and Regulation Enforcement Middle in Minden the place protests are deliberate Saturday.
“Our workplace has brazenly inspired each group to train their rights in a peaceable method with out reservation,” Coverley stated earlier this week.
“Our workplace has spoken with representatives from events to debate variations and construct confidence that attendees need a peaceable occasion with no hurt to individuals or property,” he stated. “I consider that everybody can actively voice their issues with civility and the protection of our group, guests and residents is and all the time has been our No. 1 precedence.”
The sheriff posted his controversial letter final week after the Douglas County Public Library thought-about publishing an announcement in assist of range and inclusion.
“We assist #BlackLivesMatter,” part of the assertion stated. “We resolutely assert and consider that every one types of racism, hatred, inequality and injustice don’t belong in our society.”
Coverley wrote in response, “Resulting from your assist of Black Lives Matter and the apparent lack of assist or belief with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Workplace, please don’t really feel the necessity to name 911 for assist. I want you good luck with disturbances and lewd conduct, since these are simply among the current calls my workplace has assisted you with up to now.”
The library ended up abandoning plans to problem the range assertion.
Library Director Amy Dodson stated 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 stated.