For Immediate Release
MANCHESTER, NH September 15, 2021–Yesterday, the US Attorney’s Office, in conjunction with the Manchester Police Department, issued a media advisory hyping a big press conference today about a major indictment against a gang member. It also planned to show case its collaborative efforts with a variety of agencies to combat the city’s historically high violent crime rate, which is 60% above the national average for cities. (Note: In addition to the hyperbolic language, there were literally two pages of media contacts included in the email, which have been removed from the document we’ve shared above, adding to the hype about a really big announcement.)
Today, the MPD canceled the press conference, citing scheduling conflicts, and issued a statement instead.
In response, Manchester Republican mayoral candidate Richard Girard issued the following statement:
The Manchester Police Department has a long history of parterning with local, county, state and federal agencies so I really don’t see anything new in this announcement. While I’m happy he’s off the streets, based on all the hype in yesterday’s media advisory, I’d expected more about why the arrest of Michael Francis is some kind of game changer on the city’s crime scene, which it doesn’t appear to be.
Instead of fluffy public relations efforts, the mayor and police leadership need to address those things that have enabled violent crime to flourish in our city. ‘The catch and release’ bail law needs to be eliminated. Police need to be allowed to arrest people engaged in criminal activity at the scene of an overdose. And, Manchester needs a strong, consistent focus on addressing quality of life crimes that, when unaddressed, create the environment where violent crime flourishes, which is what we’re suffering with now.
Ride alongs with the mayor and a reporter, press conferences about hiring more women, announcements about LGBTQ liaisons and ‘implicit bias’ and ‘cultural awareness’ trainings are PR gambits that don’t do much in the fight against crime but do line up nicely with Mayor Joyce Craig’s woke political agenda. If we are to seriously address Manchester’s very real and hazardous crime problems, the mayor and the police department’s leadership need to focus on changing what everybody knows needs to be changed and start doing those things that have proven themselves wildly effective in other urban areas.
To read Rich’s Plan to Reduce Crime and Protect Neighborhoods, click here.