The horrible events in Charlottesville remind us how vulnerable our democratic society can be. that our sense of community is fragile. It is all too easy for a few Nazis and racists to set neighbor against neighbor. We have to be always on guard against hate, even here in the City of Good Neighbors.
As Sheriff, I will never lend the badge and uniform to political rallies that promote hate. I will work with every neighborhood and community in Erie County to make sure we treat each other with dignity and respect even when we disagree over politics. And I will make sure that the Sheriff’s Department is trained in the latest best practices for keeping the peace at political rallies.