Fwd: Hancock Sheriff asks for Riot Gear

Begin forwarded message:

From: John Greenman <jgreenman@gwi.net>
Subject: Hancock Sheriff asks for Riot Gear
Date: June 11, 2020 at 4:00:17 PM EDT
To: Judy Robbins <judy@robbinsandrobbins.com>, Karen Cote <kbc1act@gmail.com>, Starr Gilmartin <starrcgil@gmail.com>

Hi y’all,

June 16th Commission meeting agenda attached.

Note item 6c.

Perhaps the word should go out to Zoom into this meeting at 8:30 am on June 16th!!! 

(The public can access the Zoom link through the Hancock County website:  www.co.hancock.me.us)

Hope you’re all SAFE!!!!

Here’s what we wrote to the Commissioners:


Dear Hancock County Commissioners,

On June 16th you will be considering a request from the County Sheriff for funds to purchase “Riot Gear”.

Since 1978, we’ve lived in Penobscot and Hancock Counties. During those years we have participated and observed many peaceful vigils  and demonstrations! We have never witnessed any violence!

We urge you to consider Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s words about riots as you think about funding the purchase of riot gear for Hancock County.

The requested funds might better be used for building better law-enforcement out-reach programs and community support services.

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of this issue.

John and Katie Greenman
from New York Times Editorial-June 1, 2020…
 Riots are “socially destructive and self-defeating,” Martin Luther King Jr. said in 1967, during an earlier spasm of unrest. In the same passage he wrote, “It is as necessary for me to be as vigorous in condemning the conditions which cause persons to feel that they must engage in riotous activities as it is for me to condemn riots.”

“In the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard,” Dr. King said. “As long as America postpones justice, we stand in the position of having these recurrences of violence and riots over and over again.”

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