Ex-Holyoke Police Chief Anthony Scott: ‘Cops’ Lives Matter!’

Anthony Scott
Former Holyoke Police Chief Anthony R. Scott in 2008

Ex-Holyoke Police Chief Anthony Scott: ‘Cops’ Lives Matter!’

From MassLive: By Mike Plaisance | mplaisance@repub.com
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on October 13, 2015 at 11:00 AM, updated October 13, 2015

HOLYOKE — When Anthony R. Scott began as Holyoke police chief in 2001, he provided an introduction that nailed his personality into the minds of many people.

Scott introduced himself by declaring at apartment complexes for the elderly, neighborhood groups and the chamber of commerce that he didn’t drink, gamble, smoke, play or follow sports. Police work was his job, hobby and passion.

The passion apparently still simmers in South Carolina, where the retired Scott now lives.

Scott emailed an ad that he placed, in his capacity as president of theBeaufort Federation of Republican Men, in the local Beaufort Gazette. The ad is a response to what Scott and others perceive as anti-police actions playing out at Black Lives Matter demonstrations held in response to a series of deaths of unarmed black men in recent years at the hands of law enforcement.

The ad forwarded by Scott, who is black and a staunch conservative, thanks South Carolina law enforcement:

    “You don your uniforms daily and without a thought about your personal safety you take to the streets, roads, highways and bi-ways to ensure the health, safety and well-being of every inhabitant.”

The ad continues by saying that instead of appreciation, such actions by police are greeted with chants like,

    “What we want? Dead cops! When do we want them? Now” and
    “Pigs in a blanket. Fry ’em like bacon.”

    “We unequivocally state that ‘Cops’ Lives Matter!’ and ‘All Lives Matter!’,”

the ad says.

    “We salute and commend those of who you who have made the ultimate sacrifice and laid down their lives in the line of duty so that we can live in a safe and orderly society.”

Scott retired from the Holyoke Police Department on April 30, 2011. Vehicles for a while bore “We support Chief Scott” bumper stickers. It was a remarkable 10-year run for so strong a personality in such a fists-at-the-ready political community as Holyoke.


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