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Tolbert Statement on Howard Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Buffalo, NY October 26, 2017—It is surprising and deeply disturbing to learn that there is an ongoing sexual harassment lawsuit filed against the sheriff’s office and Tim Howard by a female former deputy, especially as Sheriff Howard has made sexual harassment an issue in this campaign.

I will leave it to others to discuss the politics and the particulars of this matter. However, I do want to say something about leadership and office culture.

It is incumbent on all of us in all walks of life to treat each other with dignity and respect. That is what I have done throughout my professional career, and will continue to do when I am elected sheriff.

Yes, we will pursue, capture, and incarcerate criminals. Yes, we will make our roads, parks and public spaces safer. Yes, we will protect adults and children from domestic violence and abuse. We will do these things with energy and strength. At times we will do them with physical force and might, but we will never harass, insult, abuse, or mistreat people, whether they are inmates in our jails or colleagues in our work place.

I am committed to restoring professionalism to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and to providing leadership that will result in a law enforcement department of which everyone in our community will be proud.

I encourage Erie County voters to consider this case on November 7 and deny Tim Howard another term. Simply put, he must go. This case further proves the extent to which Tim Howard’s administration is built on abuse, mistreatment, and lies.

We know that inmates are routinely abused and mistreated in Tim Howard’s jails. Indeed, 22 people have died under his care. Now it is clear that his culture of brutality extends to the treatment of female employees as well.

We know Tim Howard lies about suicide attempts by inmates to avoid state oversight. In fact, he boasts about it. We know he lies about his opponents in campaign ads. His attack ads are false and desperate.

Now, with this lawsuit, we know just how deep his hypocrisy goes.

 

A Conversation About Gun Violence Part II

In Part 2 of our series “A Conversation About Gun Violence,” Bernie Tolbert sits down with Murray Holman from the Stop the Violence Coalition and Paul McQuillen from New Yorkers Against Gun Violence to talk about the difference between legal and illegal guns on the streets of  Erie County.

A Conversation on Gun Violence – Legal vs. Illegal Guns

In Part 2 of our series "A Conversation About Gun Violence," Bernie Tolbert sits down with Murray Holman from the Stop the Violence Coalition and Paul McQuillen from New Yorkers Against Gun Violence to talk about the difference between legal and illegal guns on the streets of #ErieCounty#tolbertforsheriff bernietolbert.com

Posted by Bernie Tolbert for Erie County Sheriff on Thursday, August 17, 2017

A Conversation About Gun Violence Part I

In this first of a four-part series, Bernie Tolbert, Democratic Candidate for Erie County Sheriff, discusses the root causes of gun violence with Paul McQuillen, Upstate New York Coordinator for New Yorkers Against Gun Violence and Murray Holman, President of Stop The Violence Coalition.
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"A Conversation About Gun Violence" – Upholding the Law | Bern…

In this first of a four-part series, Bernie Tolbert, Democratic Candidate for Erie County Sheriff, discusses the root causes of gun violence with Paul McQuillen, Upstate New York Coordinator for New Yorkers Against Gun Violence and Murray Holman, President of Stop The Violence Coalition.bernietolbert.com#tolbertforsheriff

Posted by Bernie Tolbert for Erie County Sheriff on Thursday, August 10, 2017

Erie County Holding Center Deaths Continue to Rise

The grim tally of deaths in Erie County jails has increased again with the apparent suicide of a reportedly distraught inmate.  http://buffalonews.com/2017/07/19/prison-source-inmate-found-hanged-erie-correctional-facility/

Still frame from surveillance video inside Erie County Holding Center shows deputies and medics wheel inmate Richard Metcalf strapped to a gurney, face down with a pillow case covering his head on Nov. 28, 2012. Metcalf did not survive.

We don’t yet know the circumstances, why the deceased was incarcerated, or whether he had prior arrests or known mental health issues.

What we do know is that this brings to 22 the number of deaths in Erie County jails and prisons on
Tim Howard’s watch. The Holding Center and the
Correctional Facility have become houses of death.

This trend and the lack of a plan to address it must change. It must change now. It is long past time for Tim Howard to go. That’s why I am running for Sheriff. I have a plan and I will bring the change we need