Douglas County Library Board of Trustees will investigate library director, staff over support for BLM movement (The Sierra Nevada Ally)

The Douglas County Library Board of Trustees voted 3-2 Tuesday to approve an investigation into the library’s director Amy Dodson and the staff of the library regarding their proposed support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

On July 22, the Douglas County Public Library Board of Trustees issued an agenda for their July 28th meeting which included a discussion item on a proposed addition to their Diversity Statement.

However, that meeting was cancelled after the library, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, and the county as a whole were thrust into the national spotlight.

In response to the diversity statement, Douglas County Sheriff Dan Coverley issued a largely plagiarized letter to the library board on the sheriff’s official website.

Many perceived the sheriff’s letter as a threat to no longer provide emergency services to the library.

“To support this movement is to support violence and to openly ask for it to happen in Douglas County. 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. I wish you good luck with disturbances and lewd behavior, since those are just some of the recent calls my office has assisted you with in the past.”

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