*Statement regarding recent events in Deer Isle and Stonington*

The Town of Sedgwick stands in support of southerly neighbors Deer Isle
and Stonington in condemning all forms of racism and criminal behavior
associated with recent incidents on the island.

The shocking threats of bodily harm, harassment, criminal trespass and
vandalism committed in recent days, has left many to be concerned for
their safety and security. Although peaceful protest, responsible
dialogue and other forms of expression have been held recently without
further incident, elements on multiple sides of these issues have pushed
some to the point of expression through the commission of criminal acts
rather than by peaceful and more productive means. In one instance, a
piece of rope tied in the form of a noose was hung from a utility line
in Deer Isle. We support the call for thorough and comprehensive local,
state and federal investigations into these incidents, charges brought
forth and for maximum punishment of the perpetrator(s) found to be
responsible. These heinous acts of threatened violence, trespass and
destruction of property have thrust our beloved communities into chaos
and it is time to stand with our neighbors in condemning such acts.

One of the many alluring qualities of our local communities is the
relative safety and security enjoyed by our residents and visitors to
our area. The town of Sedgwick is committed to being a responsible,
steadfast partner in the preservation and well-being of our precious
communities.