Here’s what happens when elected officials ignore citizen demands that the law is enforced:
Eastern Loudoun County is a tinderbox. Residents are on edge about the criminals in our midst and about our government agencies not doing their job. The citizens are paying close attention to the government and they are expecting more enforcement of our laws and regulations, quickly.
The next gathering of this sort may require more crowd control if things don’t improve here.
There is a small, but noisy contingent of Prince William County residents that decry the adoption of the Rule of Law Resolution and the crackdown on illegal aliens, but what is happening here is far preferable to talk of people arming themselves to take personal action against criminal gangs because they see law enforcement as ineffective, or unwilling to enforce the law. When government fails the citizens, the result is often rather ugly and problematic.
Let’s hope the Loudoun County Sherrif’s Department and the Board of Supervisors acts quickly to restore public trust.
By the huge turnout tonight - on short notice - relative to any other community meeting held in Sterling the past four years, it is clear the silent majority is becoming much louder. If there continue to be “incidents” here, the undercurrent will not remain beneath the surface. Tonight we saw frustration, even talk by two audience members of arming themselves and taking action against local gangs. We also saw quite a lot of extreme criticism of the Sheriff’s Office and the Board of Supervisors.
Not good. Ignoring this problem clearly is not working.
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