This has been a true “Jekyll and Hyde” experience. On social media, Kanab City Chief of Police Tom Cram, comments that peaceful protesters should be exiled and lose their freedom, gives atta boy MAGA to a Kanab businessman at the Capitol Insurrection, and likes multiple posts of hatred of democrats and blaming victims of brutality landing him on KURW Hatewatch. New & Improved. In person, Chief Cram voices neutrality, support of the actions for police reform, and concern for protester safety (see my detailed interaction with Cram and the Mayor following the images below).
This split is representative of Kanab, Kane County, in general where the left nominated the most left candidate and the right the most right. Bernie Sanders was the chosen nominee for Kane County in the 2016 Democratic Primary (https://www.sunews.net/article.cfm?articleID=2747). Former President DJ Trump won 71% of votes caste in Kane County with an 85% turnout. This means that 1,947 registered voters in Kane County did not vote for Trump (2,998 for Trump of the 4,972 registered) and 1,207 of those 1,947 cast their votes against Trump.
The question to the Mayor, City Manager and residents of Kane County is “Can/does the Chief of Police protect and serve ALL residents when he displays such bigotry of democrats, non-Trumpers and lawful activists, including that they are Anti-American and should leave America?”
To file a law enforcement complaint:
- File official complaint with POST https://post.utah.gov/about-post-2/investigations-bureau/
- Do everything in writing locally, even their response
- For complaints of Police Chiefs, submit to your city manager and city mayor
- For complaints of police officers, submit to your city police chief
- For complaints of Sheriff, re-elect
- For complaints of staff at county Sheriff department, submit to Sheriff
- Share your story with OpenPolice.org https://openpolice.org/
For Kane County those contacts are as follows
Mayor Houston: email@example.com City Manager Joe Decker: firstname.lastname@example.org Kanab City Police Chief Tom Cram email@example.com Kane County Sheriff Tracy Glover firstname.lastname@example.org
In the images below, relevant content from social media public posts are marked in red outline or arrows. My opinion of the meaning/impact of the action is highlighted in yellow. Factual county data has a pink background from Kane County Clerk records.
I had many interactions with law enforcement and city officials throughout the social justice activities in Kanab from June 1, 2020 through November 2020. These are the topics by individual in list form, followed by detailed paragraphs for each:
- Chief Cram: protest dates and guidelines, his Kaepernick comment, police reform and Kanab, officer complaint, Robert Brissette assault on protesters, unlawful joint release for sidewalk protesting, failure of officer to respond to call to dispatch
- Mayor Houston: complaint of Cram’s Kaepernick post, 1A and public figures, Thin Blue Line on Cram’s uniform, white supremacy in Kanab, changing demographics of Kanab, considering those who do not speak up
- Sheriff Glover: failure to dispatch call to Kanab City Police in response to threat of personal safety
- Lt.Alan Alldredge: failure to dispatch officers for 2 of 2 calls placed (one 911 and one non-emergency), changing demographics of Kane County, unlawful joint release for sidewalk protest ban by Kane County Attorney, Chief Cram and Sheriff Glover.
- KPD officers Raddatz, Brinkerhoff, Coleman, Smith and Bundy: Of those, the only bigotry experienced was from Dustin Bundy against Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and the “type of people” they bring and his social media posts towing the “move back to where you came from” line. The other officers were professional, helpful and personable.
—-detailed paragraphs coming by 05/01/2021—