In a presidential debate Donald Trump famously said about the Proud Boys, "stand back and stand by," when asked to denounce white supremacist groups such as the Proud Boys.
It looks like the Salem Police Department heard those words and decided it applies to them when it comes to enforcing city ordinances during Proud Boy marches in our city.
KATU News photo of November 14 Proud Boys rally in Salem
Salem police officers have been standing back and standing by when the Proud Boys come to town, openly carrying firearms and marching through streets without a permit.
Here's a letter that Jim Scheppke sent today to the board of the South Central Association of Neighbors, the neighborhood organization that includes the area the Proud Boys marched through on the way to the Governor's mansion.
Scheppke presents arguments and evidence that make a persuasive case against the let 'em do whatever they want attitude of the Salem Police Department toward this far-right extremist group that takes pride in scoffing at laws that the rest of us have to abide by.
After the letter I've shared a video showing the Proud Boys march.
Dear SCAN Board:
I am very concerned that the Proud Boys/Women for Trump march through the streets of SCAN on Friday was a clear violation of City code that saw no enforcement by the Salem Police Department. I wanted the Board to understand exactly how wrong this was. We need to demand that the next time this happens our code is enforced so that our neighbors don’t have to suffer this again and again.