health worker ‘broken’ after threats related to mask prescription | Michigan News
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) – The Grand Rapids area public health officer said he was the victim of “brutal mob hatred” after ordering masks from schools in Kent County to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Adam London told county commissioners a woman attempted to get her vehicle off the road in August immediately after the mask order. He no longer makes public appearances due to concerns about violence.
Angry residents expressed their disgust at the order at public meetings. County commissioners cannot cancel London.
“There is a disease in America… much more insidious than COVID,” London said in an August 22 email, two days after his mask order.
The London email was flagged by the Michigan Advance and pursued by other news outlets.
“I need help. My team and I are broken,” London wrote. “I’m almost done. I did my job to the best of my ability. I gave pretty much everything to the county. de Kent, and now I’ve given some more of my safety. If you want to fire me, censor me, or pass a resolution condemning me, please proceed by all means. “
The sheriff’s office confirmed that London had called authorities after the traffic incident.
“I want you to know that I will not unnecessarily expose myself (or my family for that matter) to the brutal crowd hatred which is grossly evident in a vocal and energetic minority,” London told Commissioners.
Two Republican state lawmakers who threatened to withdraw funding from the local health service over the ordering of masks condemn the threats, WOOD-TV reported.
“Violence and threats of violence against public officials are unacceptable in civil society,” said Representative Mark Huizenga, R-Walker.
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