Editor's Note: This is part one of a three-part series on the August 11 Council Meeting and Silent Vigil.
FAIR LAWN, NJ - With a silent vigil on the front lawn of Borough Hall, the Mayor and Borough Council talked inside Borough Hall about future permits for rallies on borough property, and their intent to foster healing after the August 3 Police and First Responder Rally and counter Black Lives Matter Protest.
There was a highly visible police presence, outside and inside Borough Hall, at the August 11 Council Meeting where Police promised to answer questions about the unfolding events on August 3. The Rally, promoted as a rally for Police and First Responders, was shadowed by a Black Lives Matter Protest that led marchers from Pollitt Drive to Borough Hall along Fair Lawn Avenue. Once in front of the Municipal Building, tempers flared and verbal sparring between the two groups led to the voices praising first responders on the steps of borough hall to be drowned out.
The Silent Vigil, attended by approximately 200 people, was staged to direct awareness to Black Lives Matter, racism and the group's disapproval of local and national police treatment of the minority community.
There were a handful of individuals in support of Blue Lives Matter, waving the group's flag.
But prior to addressing the August 3 rally/protest, the Council agreed to begin a process to require a permit for events held on borough property.
"Let's direct the borough attorney to work on and update the permit process," Deputy Mayor Josh Reinitz said.
Mayor Kurt Peluso said they were currently reviewing what the town has on the books and how other towns handle such permits.
Councilman Kris Krause then led off the council comment portion of the meeting in which each member of the Council and the mayor spoke about August 3. Part two of this series will highlight their comments. Part three will highlight the public's comments.
"I know you're all here because you're angry, hurt and confused about August 3," Krause said. "I am, too."
Stay tuned for part two.