Letter: Disturbing attack
I was disturbed by the personal attack on the integrity of Chief John Duval (and by implication, the Concord Police Department) in the reprehensible letter from the writer in Moultonboro (“Irrational fear from Duval,” Monitor letter, Aug. 28).
As a state and federal prosecutor, I had the opportunity to do many cases with the Concord Police Department. I can say without hesitation that it has some of the best detectives and finest officers I have worked with in my more than 30 years in law enforcement. These officers know the law and, more important, understand what the rights of every person guaranteed by the Constitution mean. I never encountered any abuse of authority, any disrespect for the rights of any citizen, victim or accused, by the Concord police.
Can the writer point to any examples to support his vitriolic claims? Perhaps the department’s laudable outreach and sensitive interaction with our many new refugee and immigrant neighbors in Concord is evidence of the department’s totalitarian attitude?
Equating Duval, a highly respected, dedicated public servant, to the Gestapo, is the kind of shameful, libelous hysteria that undermines what may be legitimate arguments of those good citizens who oppose the acquisition of the BearCat rescue vehicle. Such ad hominem attacks are unworthy of civil public debate.
The good citizens of Concord should be proud of and support their police department and the chief. It is a dedicated, disciplined, professional organization that truly serves and protects all of us.
CLYDE R.W. GARRIGAN