Why are Manheim Township Commissioners Stacking a ‘Police Advisory Committee’ with Democrats, Leftists and BLM Supporters?
By Trey Garrison
Manheim township commissioners are stacking a proposed “citizen’s police advisory committee” with Democrats, social justice activists and BLM supporters, despite the township’s heavily conservative and Republican demographic and low incidence of crime.
Seven of the 11 proposed candidates, who are to be decided on in the commission’s upcoming Nov. 9 meeting, are active Democrats or BLM activists pushing for defunding the police, according to Manheim township Republican committeewoman Julie Rudisill.
“Virtue signaling is big in this township,” Rudisill said. “Either they didn’t do their homework or they want to support defunding the police.”
During public comments at the Oct,. 12 meeting, Rudisill raised concerns that the committee wouldn’t reflect the township’s political demographics – which she said breaks down as 48% Republican, 35% Democrat and 17% independent.
Apparently, the roll call of proposed members came as a surprise to Commissioner Donna DiMeo, who said she only knew one of the candidates, and that she would abstain from voting, pushing the commission to table action until the Nov. 9 meeting.
Further, it appears as if this committee doesn’t have a clear role, as DiMeo said she didn’t know exactly what duties the proposed citizen’s police advisory committee would have.
Lancaster Guardian emailed all the members of the commission and as of publication, none have responded to questions about how the candidates were chosen and whether it properly represented Manheim township. This story will be updated if that changes.
Below is a handout Rudisill had at the meeting, reflecting her research on the 11 candidates, which Lancaster Guardian has since obtained.