Earlier today, the Hingham Police Department learned that a person had called in a threat to shoot down the Pride Flag that is flying at Hingham’s Derby Street Shops. Our Police Department responded promptly and succeeded in apprehending the suspect who was taken into police custody. Fortunately, there were no injuries to persons or properties.
However, this incident is a reminder that our Town’s civic commitment to being a welcoming and tolerant community is being challenged by those few individuals who would commit acts of violence in the name of hate. Intolerance and hate will not be tolerated in Hingham. Our commitment is strong and unwavering. Here in Hingham, we have several ways to combat hatred. If you see something that concerns you, please report it to our Town’s Civil Rights Officer, Lt. John Marquardt. The HPD has established a direct line to Lt. Marquardt where you can leave a message at 781-804-2230 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Further, we have appointed a Human Rights Commission whose mission is to educate and inform the public of programs and available resources to help combat hate. By working together and continuing to respect one another, we will continue to keep Hingham a safe, welcoming place for our residents, our businesses and our visitors.