The Douglas County, Nevada Sheriff posted a letter to the county library system on the sheriff’s website telling the system if they support Black Lives Matter, don’t bother calling them when they have problems.
Sheriff Dan Coverley penned the letter, which was in response to the library system’s proposed diversity statement. According to reports, the statement from the library was addressing violence and racism and denouncing both.
“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, since those are just some of the recent calls my office has assisted you with in the past,” Coverley wrote.
The letter also contained several paragraphs filled with statistics surrounding police action shootings and violence against Black people.
The library has since scrapped the diversity statement, according to Yahoo.
A draft of the diversity statement included the language, “We support #BlackLivesMatter. We resolutely assert and believe that all forms of racism, hatred, inequality and injustice don’t belong in our society.”
After the Coverly’s letter was posted, the library board canceled the meeting where the statement was to be considered and decided to scrap it.
The library and sheriff’s department issued a joint statement following the viral post.
“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,” said library director Amy Dodson. “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.”