Letter to the editor: Mayor Vaughan needs to find her backbone
*Editor’s note: This letter was written in response to what Mayor Nancy Vaughan said at Shiloh Baptist Church on Dec. 3, as quoted in an article by Ian McDowell published on Dec. 11, “Hogtying, homicide and humanity: DOJ document warns about restraint that killed Marcus Deon Smith.”
Nancy Vaughan is quoted in your piece as saying that she only used the word ‘lie’ because it was the phrasing suggested by the question. I would wonder if, in fact, the phrasing she used there, where she backed off on her most notable criticism, wasn’t suggested by the Police themselves.
Throughout the case, Nancy has been more interested in the treatment of the Police than the treatment of the family. She was one of several who held a secret meeting the day before the Monday rally last week, seemingly designed to pick off members of the opposition they could sweet talk.
In walking back her harshest criticism, Nancy shows herself to be the weak leader many have warned us she was during her campaigns. I don’t know that she has the backbone to do the right thing, which is to fire the Chief and the officers that were involved but so far my faith is flagging. Let’s hope she finds her spine soon enough.