Update: The topic will be discussed Wednesday at a Nevada City Council meeting.
“The Nevada City council member who published controversial comments on Facebook about law enforcement, causing city police to ask for her resignation, has issued an apology statement Saturday,” as KCRA is reporting.
“‘I would like to extend an apology first and foremost to the Nevada City Police Department, whom I have the utmost respect for,’ Reinette Senum said in her statement. ‘In no way did I mean to offend our highly regarded officers with my comments on Facebook.’
“Senum, the owner of Los Mineros restaurant in Nevada City, made comments about police officers in light of Thursday’s Dallas shooting, in which five officers were killed.
“Tim Ewing, president of the Nevada City Police Officers Association, said a Change.org petition was circulated, asking for her resignation.
“Senum refused to go on camera with KCRA, but just outside her restaurant residents weighed in.
“She has done more things to help this town than almost any other.”
“’She is a powerhouse and part of that powerhouse is an energy to make statements that sometimes can be strong. Those statements were all about national issues, not local,’ said Katherine Doolittle. ‘She has done more things to help this town than almost any other individual we know.’
“Other constituents find Friday’s post inexcusable.
“Too late. The damage is out there. What’s been said has been said,” Sue Coffey said. “Our concern is for our police officers and their safety, and how this can jeopardize that.”
“People are shocked that somebody would say things she said,” Mike Coffey said. “She seems to be exempt from getting in trouble.”
“However, the conversation took a tone larger than the city with a population of around 3,000.
“‘People are questioning — why aren’t the policemen feeling safe? Why aren’t young black people feeling safe?’ resident Jan Cercone said. ‘And I think people who bring questioning are important.’
“’What’s happening now is really good because it’s bringing up this discourse that needs to happen,’ MJ Greenberg said. ‘Controversy now needs to be shifted from controversy into conversation. And from conversation into acceptance.’
Scooper’s “fake article grossly misrepresented what I posted.”
“Senum added in her Facebook post that “it also very important to clarify that immediately upon posting on my Facebook Nevada County Scooper, a satirical publication put out a fake article that grossly misrepresented what I posted.’
“She believes that the satirical piece was a ‘malicious and intentional misinterpretation of my post than anything.’
“I praise the Dallas police that was targeted and find it unfortunate that the department that was attacked had been making some of the greatest strides in progressive change and revising their training standards,” Senum said. “Ultimately, I hope that good can come from this and that a deep conversation ensues.”