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Sheriff and prosecutor speak out against hate

Clark County sheriff and prosecutor voice opinions on hate in joint statement

VANCOUVER — With hate crimes and hate speech hot button issues across the nation, Clark County Sheriff Chuck Atkins and Prosecuting Attorney Tony Golik saw a need to restate their convictions.

Atkins and Tony Golik signed a, “Joint Statement on Hate,” Wednesday at the Public Service Center in Vancouver.

Clark County Sheriff, Chuck Atkins (left), and Prosecuting Attorney Tony Golik, (right), pose with their “Joint Statement on Hate” at the Public Service Center in Vancouver on Aug. 29. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Clark County Sheriff, Chuck Atkins (left), and Prosecuting Attorney Tony Golik, (right), pose with their “Joint Statement on Hate” at the Public Service Center in Vancouver on Aug. 29. Photo by Jacob Granneman

The statement, which was posted to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, was intended to reiterate what CCSO and the Attorney’s Office already believe Atkins said.

“It’s really no different than what we’ve been doing, and what we believed anyway,” Sheriff Atkins said. “But the community does need to continuously hear it.”

Sheriff Chuck Atkins signs the “Joint Statement on Hate” in the graphic design office at the Public Service Center in Vancouver. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Sheriff Chuck Atkins signs the “Joint Statement on Hate” in the graphic design office at the Public Service Center in Vancouver. Photo by Jacob Granneman

 

Clark County Prosecuting Attorney Tony Golik signs the “Joint Statement on Hate,” moments after Sheriff Atkins on Wednesday. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Clark County Prosecuting Attorney Tony Golik signs the “Joint Statement on Hate,” moments after Sheriff Atkins on Wednesday. Photo by Jacob Granneman

 

“I want our community to know exactly where I stand as their elected sheriff,” Sheriff Atkins said on the CCSO post to Facebook containing the statement on Aug. 29, 2018. Photo by Jacob Granneman
“I want our community to know exactly where I stand as their elected sheriff,” Sheriff Atkins said on the CCSO post to Facebook containing the statement on Aug. 29, 2018. Photo by Jacob Granneman

In the statement, Sheriff Atkins and Prosecutor Golik “reject hate, bigotry, harassment, violence or the inciting of violence, and all actions intended to harm or intimidate others based on race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, or any other attribute which serves to marginalize people or groups of people.”

 

Community response via Facebook has been overall, quite positive, however, some have said the statement is ambiguous with regard to how immigration laws will be enforced.

Sheriff Atkins says the statement is really about connecting with groups that would otherwise not seek out the support of law enforcement.

“Different groups feel alienated, or confronted and they may not want to directly come to us,” Sheriff Atkins said. “But we want to go to them and say, ‘Hey, this is who we are.’”

In light of ongoing hate-crime across the nation, Sheriff Chuck Atkins and Prosecuting Attorney Tony Golik sign agreement on issue.
Photo courtesy Clark County Sheriff’s Facebook page.

A copy of the statement will hang in multiple law enforcement buildings across the county.

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Jacob Granneman

Jacob Granneman is a filmmaker and writer from Clark County. He is a recent graduate of Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow College, where he studied media production. He has produced documentary stories all over the Pacific Northwest and in Argentina. His passions range from loving people, to cinematography, to going on adventures in the most beautiful place on earth, i.e. his backyard. He lives with his wife in Vancouver, WA.

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