Editor’s note: The below was not submitted as a letter, but rather read as a statement at a meeting of the North Smithfield Town Council on Monday, March 20. The other party in this disagreement has asked NRI NOW to publish a response, and in order to provide both context and fair treatment to both parties, we have decided to publish Mr. Murray’s statement in its entirety. The response was published here.
Thank you for taking the time to listen to me tonight. I’m Bryan Murray. You may have said or read that I’m crazy, illogical, not a real person, or even a chicken for not showing up to these meetings before. I have moved heaven and earth to be at this one, that’s for sure.
I’m sure you’ve heard rumors by now about what happened on Friday, March 10th, and why I’m up here tonight. If you have not, I’ll be happy to provide you the actions of one sitting member of this very council and what they have done.
Mr. Ezovski has recently said, ‘We live in a great place with people who value and support it in the best way they know how.’ I bring this up, even though I may not agree with him on everything, but I do on this portion, and I’m sure most of you agree as well.
Do you agree that the First Amendment is vital to a healthy democracy and helping the town grow? Would you also agree that someone who tries to stifle certain rights is a threat to democracy? How would you feel if a resident from the town tried to do that to you? What if that happened to you at your place of employment?
I take this question one step further. What if that person was a sitting member of this council who used their friends – quite possibly in the state police – to get your boss’s phone number to try to intimidate and bully and silence you at your place of employment? Mr. Beauregard has done just that on Friday, March 10th. You can see that as I stand here before you, those tactics did not work. Is this really his best way he values and supports the town and residents?
I think you can all agree.. well, almost all of you – that this was a severe overstep, an invasion of privacy, perversion, by him, infringing on my rights and liberties that are given to each and every single person. How many boundary lines (has) he crossed with this latest act? According to the Town Charter in Article IV, Section 9, Subsection 5 under emergency measures, this action by him affected my peace, safety, comfort and welfare as a resident of this town.
So I come before you asking for help in regards to this matter. Someone threatening to ruin my liviliehood, my safety, my family’s well-being as well as my own, should hold no power in this town, or anywhere. It was an act by a coward in retaliation to the facts I had spoke of. Someone who has sworn to serve and protect – protect being the key word here – the citizens of the state and town, who ha(s) shown no moral high ground time and time again. Someone who has repeatedly attacked me online to include various protected communities that I am a part of. Someone who has told me that I do not belong in this great town where many of us have spent countless hours, blood, maybe even a few tears, and sweat for this town.
There are many more insults he has thrown my way, but that’s for a different time. All I have asked from him before today was to respond to a couple of emails, to debate me in public on those issues mentioned in those emails, and for a couple apologies.
I shall add one more asking of an apology from him. I actually changed my mind: I demand an apology from him instead, in front of everyone, right now, with a promise that he stop his bullying and intimidation as well as ones from his self-appointed pit bulls – their words not mine – on the members of this town, my family, my friends, myself. And if it continues or if anything happens to my family, friends, myself or my property after this point in time, I’ll hold him personally responsible.
Thank you to the members of this town who helped me get here tonight to stand up to bullies as this should be a zero tolerance item, as well as a few others. Thank you to the councilors who have reached out to me personally on this already and on a previous situation involving his behavior. It shows you do value and support the town to the best of your abilities, just like how I quoted Mr. Ezovski earlier. Thank you.