I know a lot of people are concerned. What we saw last week in our nation’s capital was nothing short of tragic. Self-proclaimed ‘patriots’ attacking the very same institutions that have distinguished us from despotic regimes for more than 240 years. It’s unthinkable. It’s un-American.
Now there is a flyer circulating online asking for armed protests at all state capitals on Jan. 17, 2021, including Trenton.
Our community – one of the most diverse in the country – saw the senseless violence, death and destruction in Washington D.C. We saw signs and apparel with hateful language. We saw a confederate flag waving around in the hallowed halls where our very laws are made.
But I’m hopeful we won’t have a similar outcome in Trenton. Our police department is working at this moment with the N.J. State Police, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office as part of a coordinated plan to ensure our safety if any protesters stray beyond the First Amendment right to peaceful protest.
As an attorney, legislator, and Mayor who has been in government for more than 20 years, I’m certain we will overcome this disturbing chapter in American history. Our sacred institutions – including the ones right here in Trenton – have stood the test of time through multiple generations. Nothing is going to change that, even these recent threats against our capitol buildings.
Let us take note together of what we as a city have overcome this year and be thankful for the loved ones in our life. The future is hope, not the twisted fake-patriotism we saw last week.
My office and our law enforcement partners throughout the county will continue to monitor the situation closely and keep our residents informed of any important developments. Stay safe out there.