May 25th, 2020 - George Floyd is killed in Minneapolis by police officers Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Thou Thao. Protests for racial justice ensue around the nation.
June 7th, 2020 - People in the community looking to do more than just peacefully march through the streets gathered and discussed real action in Teton County. ActNowJH is born!
June 9th, 2020 - Instagram account and website are created. A petition demanding to “divert Teton County’s 2021 police budget toward social programming” was created and sent out to the public! An email template, asking to defund the police and fund the community, was also distributed so that others could email our county commissioners directly.
June 14th, 2020 - March for Unity in Jackson Hole, organized by Teton POC and Allies. The organizers coordinated efforts with the town and blocked off roads to march in unity. After the march, a vigil was held for George Floyd and community members spoke on steps for moving forward.
June 15th, 2020 - ActNowJH members attended their first public comment at the Teton County Board of Commissioners meeting. We shared our concerns with the current state of policing and of systemic racism, knowing very well that Teton County is no exception.
June 21st, 2020 - Public Comment 101! In an effort to bolster support at the county board public comments, we passed out flyers, spread the word, and held an event to train up other volunteers on the art of public comment.
June 22nd, 2020 - ActNowJH gathered our troops and had another great turnout at the County Board public comment. With the county budget to be ratified on June 30, every second of public comment was precious.
June 27th, 2020 - Released our report, "Path to Defunding" and emailed to each of the county commissioners. The report explains what defunding would look like, defunding vs reform, and highlights towns in the US that have implemented alternative forms to policing. Also, mentions towns that have begun the discussion or have actually started defunding their local police. Click here to read the report.
June 29th, 2020 - The last County Board public comment before the budget was to be ratified. ActNowJH made more specific demands and called for a (1) significant reduction to the Sheriff Departments $8 million budget, (2) an in depth analysis of local law enforcement and that it be made public (3) and that the results of the analysis be acted upon.
June 30th, 2020 - The County Commissioners approve $10,000 for law enforcement task force/assessment at the budget ratification meeting. The $10,000 dollar amount is an arbitrary number, and it will likely cost much more than this.
July 24th, 2020 - Released our report, “Assessing Teton County & Jackson’s Public Safety”. The report acts as a pathway through the law enforcement assessment providing information on what to expect, what stakeholders should be on the committee “task force”, how to create the RFP, recommended consultants to conduct the assessment, the types of questions the research/analysis should be answering, presenting the findings to the public, and finally, how the officials will actually use the findings to make decisions. Click here to read the report.
Aug 7, 2020 - Teton County law enforcement assessment planning begins.
Aug 13, 2020 - Lt. Roger Schultz makes a flippant remark regarding a case involving an adult having sex with a minor.
Aug 19, 2020 - ActNowJH issued a public statement on the blotter remark. The statement points out that the remark was not a mistake, but the outcome of the policing culture. It goes on to demand from Chief Weber: staff wide accountability, addressing the breach of public trust, and the elimination of the police blotter. Click here to read more.
Aug 21, 2020 - Lt. Roger Schultz is forced to resign over the blotter post. This was not a demand of ActNowJH.
Aug 22, 2020 - ActNowJH released a public statement in response to Lt. Schultz’s resignation and Town Manager Larry Pardee’s public statement. Our public statement asks “How did the culture of JPD get to such a level where the apology focused on the “mistake” of the officer rather than centering the possible trauma experienced by the victim, as well as past and future victims?” We also ask that the department remove the position and instead reinvest in survivor-centered support. Click here to read the statement.
Aug 24th, 2020 - Chief of Police Webber released a letter to the public, addressing her priorities as new acting chief of police and responded to the blotter incident.
Aug 27th, 2020 - We issued another public statement. This time, responding to Chief Weber’s public statement and the police department’s sexual harassment allegations. “What we are experiencing is nothing new: a harmful incident sheds light on a police department’s culture, more victims step forward with their experiences, a new leader (often female and/or POC) is appointed, promises of training/reform are made, and the status quo is largely held intact.” Click here to read the statement.
We are ordinary people seeking criminal, racial, and social justice in Teton County. In the USA’s most economically unequal county, we challenge overinvestment in law enforcement and fight for restorative community services in the pursuit of collective liberation.