Ackerman Statement in Response to Douglas County Sheriff
(Minden, Nevada) — A demonstration was held in downtown Minden this week where supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement gathered to voice their concern about police brutality in America as well as remarks which were recently made by the sheriff of Douglas County.
In July, the Douglas County Library Board was putting up for consideration a diversity statement which in part read that “The Douglas County Public Library denounces all acts of violence, racism and disregard for human rights.” It also offered support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
In response to the board’s proposed statement, Sheriff Dan Coverley released a public letter which included “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.”
In light of the today’s demonstration and the sheriff’s remarks, 2nd Congressional District candidate Patricia Ackerman released the following statement:
“It is unconscionable that a law enforcement official would make such a reckless and irresponsible statement. Suggesting that members of our community should not reach out to 911 emergency services for help under any circumstance is hurtful, needlessly erodes trust, and undermines our citizens’ ability to exercise their Constitutional rights.”
“I applaud those who spoke out today against hateful rhetoric. We must always use our voices to drown out the noise of divisiveness. Let us also continue to affirm that Black Lives Matter in Nevada and beyond as we march towards a more just society.”
About Patricia Ackerman
Patricia Ackerman is the daughter of Ukrainian immigrants who arrived in this country fleeing the destruction of World War II. Patricia’s mother was forced slave labor for Nazi Germany, while her father almost starved to death in a concentration camp. At the age of 15, Patricia left a home plagued by domestic violence. With a GED in hand, Patricia started her own successful small business as an interior landscape designer at the age of 21. Patricia would go on to become an award-winning stage actress, a member of the Long Beach Mounted Police, an FBI independent contractor, and an accomplished high-altitude mountaineer. Patricia’s greatest driving force in her run for public office is her mother. From 2007-2013, Patricia acted as her mother’s primary caregiver. Toward the end of her mother’s life, Patricia could not find a local doctor who would take medicare in a timely fashion. Having to wait weeks, her mother passed away the day before her appointment. Patricia Ackerman wants to lead the charge in producing a healthcare system that is affordable and accessible to Northern Nevada. Follow Patricia on Twitter or Facebook.