NH police chief at Capitol rally draws backlash

Published: 1/11/2021 9:09:33 PM
Modified: 1/11/2021 9:09:12 PM

TROY, N.H. — Officials in a New Hampshire town have closed the Town Hall and are taking appointments only following threats they received after their police chief attended last week’s rally for President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol.

The doors “will be locked for the time being,” according to the message on the website and Facebook site of Troy, a town of about 2,100 people in southwest New Hampshire.

Dick Thackston, chairman of the Troy Select board, has defended Police Chief David Ellis, who says he left the protest before it turned violent.

Thackston told New Hampshire Public Radio that since then, people from outside of the region have been calling the town officials with profanities and threats of violence against the Selectboard, which stands by Ellis.

“There have been a large number of emails and voicemail threats sent directly to the selectmen’s office,” he said.

A message seeking comment from Ellis was left Monday.

In an interview last week with the Intelligencer, a web publication run by New York Magazine, Ellis, 60, said the violence “was not going to solve a thing, and then to see the police get treated the way they were treated, it’s ridiculous.”

He added, “There’s a lot of Trump supporters that are awesome people,” he said. “Like me.”

Driver dies in interstate crash in New Hampshire

MANCHESTER — A driver died early Monday in an interstate crash in Manchester, New Hampshire State Police said.

Police said the crash happened at about 2:05 a.m. on the ramp from Interstate 293 South to Interstate 93 North. They said a car exited the right side of the road and struck a tree.

The driver, Daniel Dawson, 26, of Bedford, N.H., died of his injuries, police said.

Police said speed appears to be a factor in the crash. They are still investigating.

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