Nevada Sheriff Said He Won’t Answer 911 Calls From Library That Supports Black Lives Matter

Nevada Sheriff Said He Won’t Answer 911 Calls From Library That Supports Black Lives Matter July 29, 2020

Despicable: Nevada Sheriff Daniel Coverley said he wouldn’t answer 911 calls from the local public library because the library supports Black Lives Matter.

USA Today reports:

Nevada sheriff to library: Support Black Lives Matter? Don’t bother calling 911

Douglas County, Nevada Sheriff Dan Coverley has a message for his county’s library: Don’t bother calling 911 for help anymore and good luck dealing with lewd visitors and disturbances on your own.

Sheriff Coverley is angry because the Douglas County public library wanted to release a harmless diversity statement which simply stated that it “denounces all acts of racism, violence and disregard for human rights.” 

The statement reads in part: 

We support #BlackLivesMatter. We resolutely assert and believe that all forms of racism, hatred, inequality and injustice don’t belong in our society.

Commenting on the story, Douglas County Public Library Director Amy Dodson said the library’s proposed statement was meant to emphasize everyone is welcome there, not as an anti-police sentiment:

It simply was meant to state our inclusivity at the library, that we are open and welcoming to everyone and we treat everyone equally.

Indeed, the statement is harmless, and merely states platitudes with which all should be able to agree. However, for Sheriff Coverley, expressing support for Black lives was a bridge too far. In a letter to the library an angry Coverley declared:

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. I wish you good luck with disturbances and lewd behavior.

That’s right, Sheriff Coverley threatened to withhold police services from the library because they support Black lives.

In his letter, Sheriff Coverley also made the false claim made by many white supremacists that “data simply does not support claims that law enforcement is systemically racist or structurally biased.”

After the story gained national attention, Douglas County Library Director Amy Dodson met with Douglas County Sheriff Dan Coverley. 

After the meeting Library Director Dodson released the following statement:

Sheriff Coverley and I had a very candid conversation about the statement and we both expressed our opinions regarding the intent of our exchanged correspondence. We agreed that we both support the people of Douglas County and this may have been an unfortunate circumstance of misunderstanding. The library respects and supports the work of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and appreciates everything they do to keep our community safe.

And Sheriff Coverley released the following statement:

I am passionate about and proud of the work the Sheriff’s Office does for all members of this community. This has been a difficult time to be a law enforcement professional and can be disheartening when we perceive that our office may be under attack. My response was rooted in my belief that these issues need to be openly discussed in a way that values diversity and law enforcement.

Poor little snowflake felt that his office was “under attack” because a librarian wanted to release a statement asserting that “all forms of racism, hatred, inequality and injustice don’t belong in our society,” and that “Black Lives Matter.”

What a despicable human being. Sheriff Coverley should resign immediately. White supremacists do not belong in law enforcement. Full stop.

Bottom line: Nevada Sheriff Daniel Coverley said he wouldn’t answer 911 calls from the local public library because the library supports Black Lives Matter.

Nevada Sheriff Said He Won’t Answer 911 Calls From Library That Supports Black Lives Matter (Image via Douglas County Sheriff’s Office)

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