KINGSTON – Within about the last six months, Ulster County has incurred four instances where off-duty police officers and their families have been harassed, stalked and victimized by criminal mischief.
One instance occurred in the Town of Esopus and three others were in the Town of Lloyd, and all four are being investigated.
“It is a concern because emotions are so high,” said Ulster County District Attorney David Clegg, following a news conference at the steps of the Ulster County Courthouse in Kingston Tuesday morning. “There is so much antagonism on the issue of Black Lives Matter versus a Blue Lives Matter kind of thing. It shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. Blue lives matter, and black lives matter.”
Clegg said local police commissions are working to bring more harmony with their departments and the public, but he’s now afraid targeting off-duty officers and their families will set back the efforts toward this progress.
“Can’t we all just make our law enforcement community and our criminal justice community more just and safe at the same time?” he said. “That’s where my concern is. We can lose all the progress we are about to make if people start acting in a vigilante manner, and I want to prevent that from happening in our county.”