After backlash, county and sheriff’s office agree to pull measure asking for $26k in riot gear

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After receiving a ton of backlash online, the Hudson County administration and the sheriff’s office agreed to pull a resolution asking the board of chosen freeholders to vote on about $26,000 in riot gear.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“After consultation with the Sheriff’s Office & members of the Board of Freeholders this resolution will not go forward,” Hudson County’s official twitter said in a thread started by Jersey City resident Amy Wilson that was highly critical of the measure.

Earlier this evening, The Jersey Journal reported that Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari asked the freeholders to approve nearly $26,000 in spending for riot gear in a June 3rd letter, stating the equipment was necessary to “restore order” if a protest became unruly.

In the past week, Jersey City, Hoboken, North Hudson, Kearny, and Bayonne have all hosted protests over George Floyd’s death, and even in Hoboken where the crowd was in the thousands, the rallies have been peaceful and have required very minimal – if any -police involvement.

A copy of the freeholders caucus agenda shows that the sheriff’s office had requested $25,779.40 for 150 riot helmets, though Schillari’s letter also mentions tear gas, non-lethal rounds, and riot control grenades.

The news was almost instantly panned on social media, with Black Men United, a group that helped organize several protests in Jersey City and one in Hoboken, preparing an email template to Schillari and the freeholders being highly critical of a potential vote.

“At a time when our nation is reeling from police brutality the Hudson County Sheriff’s request for riot gear is extremely tone-deaf,” the template said.

“Every protest in Jersey City has been peaceful, for the county law enforcement to make this request due to ‘unruly crowds’ is both inaccurate and inflammatory. I demand that you reject this request and demand that you reinvest this money in community development projects in our most vulnerable communities.”

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  1. This nation is not reeling from police brutality but it is reeling from organized communists who support destroying America and the Black community to regain power. Preparation is the watchword and the communists don’t want the authorities to be prepared. Look at all the people killed since the murder of George Floyd and how they are ignored. The Second Amendment has never been more important. You’re on your own people.

    • grandpa can’t get his lips off the dog whistle today! your team of nurses are very proud. now put some clothes on for outside time.

      • The Hoboken Antifa meeting by ACME is cancelled today. Practice making molotov cocktails for now until further instructions out of the mayor’s office.

        • poor grandpa. your nurses reported that you were disappointed by the lack of crime and violence at the protest so you are pretending there was a lot of crime and violence anyway. to cheer you up they are planning to make your stewed cauliflower in the shape of a hood and robe when you have your supper at 4 before going to bed at 8. keep that dog whistle with you at all times, grandpa!

          • yes, there are communists and auntie fas and everything else you are afraid of everywhere, grandpa. only you can see them. you aren’t crazy at all. but come out from under the bed and take the sedatives that help scare that bad communists and auntie fas away. and put your pajamas back on. bed time soon!

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