Emily Gil organized a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in Englewood Cliffs in July, but later unexpectedly received a bill for the police response to that protest.”I was shocked when I read the letter,” she said. “I felt a little disrespected because the tone of the letter was kind of condescending.” The demonstration next to police headquarters had about 30 people in attendance, but it led to a police overtime bill of nearly $2,500.
“I have researched the issue further with my own counsel and I am hereby rescinding the bill, subject to our Council’s ratification of my action,” Mayor Kranjac said. “I always want to make certain that everyone’s Constitutional Rights are fully respected. We will adjust the Borough’s ordinances accordingly.”
Democratic Council members released a statement on Mayor Mario Kranjac’s decision to rescind the bill sent to Emily Gil for hosting the protest: “After causing a national outcry against his tyrannical, blatantly unconstitutional and deeply immoral behavior, Mayor Mario Kranjac is now apparently backing off his demand for a local teenage activist to pay thousands of dollars for organizing a small, peaceful protest against racism. However, he has still refused to apologize and our Borough Council members are still exploring ways to hold the Mayor accountable. Englewood Cliffs Democrats immediately called out Mayor Kranjac’s abhorrent behavior and we spoke to Emily Gil and her family to let her know that she has our full support. It’s sad that rather than take responsibility Mayor Kranjac is now trying to pass the buck, once again showing his characteristic lack of leadership and thin skin. We hope that this embarrassing situation will shine a light on the many other abuses Mayor Kranjac has inflicted on our community and that residents will rally against him this November by rejecting his chosen candidates for Borough Council.” (ABC)