Colorado sheriff says protests are political, not about race, in Facebook post – The Denver Post

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — In a post on social media Tuesday evening, Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins suggested the ongoing protests around the country aren’t about race. Wiggins instead indicated that people are “trying to create chaos in our nation during a campaign year.”

Protests across the country have been held in response to racial injustice and police brutality against black individuals, specifically displayed in the May 25 death of Minneapolis man George Floyd, as well as notable other deaths at the hands of law enforcement. Wiggins’ remarks follow last week’s peaceful protests in Steamboat Springs as some protests in major cities have escalated to violence and vandalism.

“This nonsense our country is experiencing has nothing to do with race,” Wiggins shared in the post, which was made to his private Facebook page but had been marked as public. “It is totally political, fueled by extreme ideology and haters of America.”

Wiggins said in a telephone interview Wednesday he bases his opinions on thorough research and data, and “the data does not support this protest movement where cops are targeting blacks and blacks are overwhelmingly killed by police more than whites.”

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