Rumors, but not the good Fleetwood Mac kind

Most of the time I love my small town! But sometimes living in a small town can be maddening.

I heard there’s a rumor going around town that I am knocking on lots of doors and telling people that “Acting Chief Towers needs to go.” This is bananas! For two reasons!

  1. First, I am so far behind on knocking on doors that I have literally spoken with SIX potential voters so far. Six. The only time our Acting Chief came up was with one neighbor, when I mentioned how impressed I am with the work he’s done so far. Because…

  2. I am really impressed with the work Acting Chief Towers is doing so far!

I began looking into Cheverly’s use of stop and frisk when Robshaw was still Chief. I requested data (which didn’t exist) and asked to discuss how the town could start collecting data (I never got a response). I was stonewalled and condescended to.

In contrast, Acting Chief Towers is open to discussing issues, putting measures in place for accountability and transparency, and actively solicits input from the community. He is also responsive to criticism! Which is why I feel comfortable asking tough questions of him. And it’s also why I think he is a good fit for this town in this moment.

Yesterday Acting Chief Towers brought his entire force and staff to my workplace, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, for a powerful and innovative training on the intersections of race and policing, historically and in our present time. I am so happy that he took the initiative to learn about and attend the training, and then insist on bringing everyone from the department back for the training. (I had hoped to say hello to everyone while we were all in the same building, but that’s a story for another time.)

In summary: the steps that Acting Chief Towers has taken so far in his tenure are completely aligned with where I think the police force should be going! But that doesn’t mean that I’m not going to ask probing questions and look for ways to increase accountability and transparency. Which is something I wish had been done sooner with our previous Chief.

So, in honor of Fleetwood Mac’s amazing album and also a ridiculous aspect of our town’s election season which I can’t for the life of me understand, I present my favorite song from Rumours:

Nicole Bryner