Troy, NH, Police Chief David Ellis told an NHPR reporter that he accepts the outcome of November’s election and others should do the same. I call bullshit. I think he lied to the reporter and the public — else, why the hell did he travel to D.C. to support Trump’s January 5 “rally” against the electoral count?
Chief Ellis knows why he participated, and so do I: He didn’t want Congress to declare Joseph Biden the president-elect. That ain’t “accepting the outcome.”
I think Ellis is a liar. I think he was just trying to save face when he was confronted by the news media for participating in Trump’s insurrection “rally.” Ellis is trying to avoid accepting the consequences for his behavior. He’s rationalizing. Children get punished for this.
What a back-pedaling, lying, loathsome excuse for a cop –let alone a police chief. He’s not a leader and he doesn’t deserve his job.
Ellis even hung a Trump poster in his office until the county attorney advised him to take it down. Brilliant. What genius. What leadership. What managerial acumen.
How many direct reports would feel free to complain to their own chief that he was creating a hostile work environment? Answer: not many. But they’d probably have a reasonable labor relations case for their municipality to settle. And rightly so.
And how many members of the public would be happy to find their police chief displaying a political campaign sign in his public office? Answer: Not the half who don’t support that candidate. They’ll probably have legal cases about public officials engaging in politics on the clock, at public expense. And rightly so.
Oh, and did I mention? Ellis didn’t just publicly support a political candidate: the pig supports Trump, the same demagogue who instigated an insurrection in our nation’s capitol, while Congress was in the midst of finalizing one of our most fundamental democratic rights: electing our own president.
Or maybe it escaped notice that Trump’s insurrectionists — the people this pig partied with in Washington D.C. on January 5th, killed a cop.
You can bet your ass that Chief David Ellis has already rationalized and denied his way out of any and all responsibility for the violence of Trump’s insurrection.
And you can bet your ass that every other cop who supports Trump and believes his lies, has already rationalized and denied their responsibility, too.
So many stupid cops. So little trust and respect to go around.
Troy Police Chief Says He Attended Trump Rally, But Doesn’t Condone Capitol Violence
By CASEY MCDERMOTT• JAN 7, 2021
The chair of Troy’s Board of Selectmen is standing by the local police chief amid calls for his removal, after he attended President Trump’s “Save America” rally in Washington that devolved into a violent insurrection on the U.S. Capitol and left at least four people dead.
Police Chief David Ellis told NHPR he was present for the president’s recent rally on the National Mall. But he said he was there as a spectator and disavowed the mob that stormed the Capitol, saying those who participated in the rioting there deserve to face criminal charges.
“That wasn’t the way to handle things,” Ellis said when reached by phone Thursday afternoon. “And I’ve said it before, you can’t solve things by violence.”Police Chief David Ellis, quoted by New Hampshire Public Radio, January 7, 2021
Fearing the scene in Washington could turn violent after the rally program wrapped up, Ellis said he made his way to Union Station to catch his ride back to New Hampshire as other rallygoers began advancing on Capitol Hill.
“I witnessed the people harassing the riot police that were getting in their gear on Constitution Ave, as I’m walking back to get to the train station at Union Station,” said Ellis, who has served as Troy’s police chief since 2013. “It was ridiculous, people were giving police such a hard time.”
Ellis’s presence at the rally was first noted by New York Magazine. After that piece began circulating online, so too did calls for his removal.
By the time Troy’s Board of Selectmen convened for its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday night, Chairman Richard Thackston said the town was asked to weigh in on the matter by “many parties unrelated to the town of Troy, some parties related to the town of Troy.” In a public statement during the meeting, Thackston said he stood by Ellis as an “honest, competent, hardworking public servant” and did not believe his involvement in the rally warranted sanctions.
“I personally find the events that happened yesterday appalling; they brought tears to my eyes, the thought that three people, four people lost their lives in an utterly unnecessary and pointless occurrence is tragic,” Thackston said. “But I believe that any individual, any public servant has the right to participate in political events without fear of loss of employment or having it have any effect.”
Thackston said he hasn’t always seen eye to eye with Ellis, “but by the same token, I think this effort of persons unrelated to effectively dox him, that’s the correct phrase, for events that he may have only been a casual participant in, are totally and completely inappropriate for any public employee.”
“So, Dave Ellis in my book is just fine,” Thackston said, “and the rest of the world needs to go about and mind its own damn business.”
Ellis said he didn’t ask the town’s selectboard, which has oversight of the police department, or any other official for permission before attending the rally. He said he didn’t think he needed to, and said he wanted to attend because “it was going to be a historic thing.” He said he’s supported Trump since 2016, in part because he lost his stepdaughter to an opioid overdose and believed Trump was best equipped to handle the addiction crisis.Police Chief David Ellis, quoted by New Hampshire Public Radio, January 7, 2021
“I just believed in a lot of the things he said he could do,” Ellis said. “Where the other politicians didn’t make me feel that way.”
As of Thursday, Ellis is now at home in New Hampshire and quarantining for two weeks, in accordance with the state’s policy on travel outside of New England. He said he’s using personal vacation time to do so.A November 2020 image shows Troy Police Chief David Ellis inside the town police department. He later removed the Trump signs at the advice of the Cheshire County Attorney.CREDIT SCREEN CAPTURE
This isn’t the first time Ellis’s support for Trump has intersected with his role as the local police chief. Shortly after the November election, body camera footage taken by a Troy police officer showed Ellis sitting behind his desk inside the department’s headquarters. Multiple pro-Trump signs are posted on the wall, including a flag proclaiming “Trump 2020–No More Bullshit.”New Hampshire Public Radio, January 7, 2021
Images of the flag inside the department prompted the Cheshire County Attorney to advise Ellis to remove the flag, telling him that it violated state statute to have political paraphernalia displayed in a public building. Ellis told NHPR he complied with directions to remove the signs.
“If I realized it was wrong, I definitely wouldn’t have done it to begin with,” he said.Police Chief David Ellis, quoted by New Hampshire Public Radio, January 7, 2021
Officials from the New Hampshire Department of Justice didn’t respond to requests for comment about the legality of displaying partisan political materials inside of a law enforcement building.
Despite his public support for Trump and his attendance at a rally promoting distrust of the democratic process, Ellis said he accepts the outcome of November’s election and others should do the same.New Hampshire Public Radio, January 7, 2021
“I mean, we have to, we really have to,” he said. “This whole election has been, ‘This one says that, that one said that,’ I don’t know what to believe. So we just have to deal with whatever the people have said, and just go from there.”