Alciere resigns from office
|PoliceOne Staff Report|
(CONCORD, N.H.) -- A controversial state lawmaker who said he favors the killing of police officers resigned from office today, the Associated Press has just reported.
Tom Alciere, a Nashua Republican, has been under increased pressure in the last week to give up his seat in the legislature after his anti police remark sparked outrage from fellow lawmakers, New Hampshire residents and police groups across the United States. Alciere was quoted in a Jan. 1 interview in a local newspaper as saying he loves it when police offices are killed and called officers the “enemy.”
In addition, it was revealed that for years, he has written letters to local newspapers and posted messages on Internet chat sites voicing support for killers of police officers. Alciere said he made these comments to stir debate.
Alciere had vowed not to resign. However, on Monday the controversial lawmaker said he would resign if other lawmakers promised to support his package of proposed legislation — which included repealing all state drug laws. Alciere said he wanted his fellow lawmakers to at least allow the bills to be voted on in the legislature.
Alciere says he will resign, if...
PoliceOne Staff Report
Tom Alciere, who once called police officers "vicious brutal thugs" and once wrote that the body of a slaughtered officer should be tossed into a Dumpster with the rest of the garbage, told reporters at a news conference Monday that he would resign if other lawmakers supported his proposed bills and helped push for votes on the measures.
Alciere has stated on his Web site that he favors abolishing drug and minimum-age drinking laws and even forcing children to go to school. He also wants to replace public schools with online learning and to bar the government from involuntarily committing people to mental institutions, according to the Nashua Telegraph.
The rookie Republican lawmaker's anti-police statements have brought national outrage from police officers and law enforcement groups across the United States. Alciere, 41,has refused demands that he resign.
The state has no law allowing for a recall election, but several experts now are asking whether Alciere's views can be considering criminal or make him subject to impeachment.
House Minority Leader Peter Burling, a Democrat, told the Nashua Telegraph that Alciere "should acknowledge he was wrong, admit all the mistakes he made and simply step down.''
Burling also stated that if Alciere did not step down then he could not be impeached because he had not committed any criminal acts ``though this comes close to criminal intent, the newspaper reported.
Alciere, who was elected to the legislature by 55 votes after previously failing three times to get into the lawmaking body, has made his anti-police comments in newspaper interviews, letters to the editor of local newspaper and on Internet chat boards over the years.
However, residents and politicians now say that he hid his views about police during the campaign that won him election in December and voters had no idea about his ideology.
But, police in Nashua, where Alciere was elected to a two-year term in the legislature, have stated that they have known about his views for years. Alciere's comments have angered people like Ginny Wolf, the widow of State Trooper Ted Wolf, who was shot to death after a traffic stop in Maryland in 1990.
"What I can't understand is how he got elected," Wolf told Policeone.com. "Did they know his views before he got elected? Elected officials, like it or not, are role models for kids...
"I've never heard anything terrible about New Hampshire like this. I don't understand how he got elected. I have heard (anti-police) things from individual people over the years, but not elected officials. But it's one person and you just ignore it. It totally irresponsible talk and I don't understand where he is coming from at all."
Alciere's comments have been publicly condemned by most of the 399 other lawmakers in the state, Gov. Jeanne Shaheen, the Fraternal Order of Police and various New Hampshire police unions and groups.
The outrage against Alciere started to build following an interview he gave to a local newspaper in which he stated that he loved it when officers were killed and described police as "enemy officers."
Alciere said in a statement on his Web site that he frequently spent his "spare time ranting on the chat boards and Usenet newsgroups about police brutality, the War on Drugs, and other government violations of the rights of people. What would anybody expect from a disgruntled ex-postal worker."
He accused some of the news media of squeezing a few of his "most startling sentences out of just a few posts" and focusing on them.
"It is unfortunate that the media now seems to be focusing on my harmless rantings posted while I was a private citizen, and saying little about the constructive efforts I have been making toward some positive change," Alciere wrote.
Over the years in New Hampshire, Alciere has written various letters in support of killers who have murdered police officers in the state, Nashua police said.
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