In response to the planned protest of Black Lives Matter at the Sheriff’s Department headquarters today, attached is their letter and Sheriff Scott Jones’ response to that letter.
BLM Letter to Sheriff Scott Jones
From Scott Jones:
In response to the planned protest of BLM at Sheriff’s Department headquarters, please find attached the referenced letter, Sheriff’s Jones’ response to that letter, and a PDF file of Facebook posts supporting Sheriff Jones’ reply (I just want to forewarn about the explicit language within the FB posts). In addition, the Sheriff has the following statement:
“To be clear, my issue is not with BLM Sacramento but rather Tanya Faison, its organizer. She has twice organized and hosted protests at my residence, screaming profanity and drawing chalk body outlines and inappropriate statements in the street, disturbing my neighbors and causing fear in my wife and children. She has posted my home address online several times and entertained online comments about assaulting and killing police officers. She has posted online photos of my personal vehicles and license plates.
Aside from her inappropriate attacks against me and my family, she rallies people around lies and, as I indicated in the letter, there is nothing she will ever support about policing or police officers. She does not want better police, she wants NO police.
Black Lives Matter as a nation-wide movement can contribute an important voice and bring important issues to the forefront. With Ms. Faison as its spokesperson locally, however, the Sacramento chapter’s message will continue to be marginalized, and responsible and constructive discourse will be weakened. It was never my intention to make this a public dispute, as I have never released any of these details prior, but I do not feel compelled to remain silent as my department is attacked, and my family is rendered less safe.
I have spent my entire career—including the last seven years as sheriff—making and maintaining relationships with EVERY community in Sacramento County, and will continue to do so. “