Some progress has been made. Provincetown recently decided against hiring Acting Police Chief Warren Tobias, the man in charge when so many of these questionable police actions took place, as the town’s permanent chief of police. That is a commendable start. Now the town should do what it can to see that Scott’s case is dismissed and to investigate why such a blatant over-reaction took place.
Some of Scott’s supporters have called for a boycott of Provincetown. I think that’s shortsighted and unfairly punishes this community’s friends and supporters in the town. I’m going back this year despite misgivings. But, as with many others, I’ll be watching closely to see how the town resolves the Barry Scott incident - and what it’s doing to prevent it from happening again.
Supporters of Scott will be having a fundraiser to help him defray legal expenses. The event will be held April 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the home of Steven Ralston, 158 West Concord St., in the South End. For more information call 781.838.2704 or visit this column on the web at baywindows.com to link to the Evite.
Please visit Bay Windows to read the full version of this editorial. I would say that the people of Provincetown have a responsibility to their guests to make sure they are free from harm and they are treated fairly. The lack of public outrage over how the Barry Scott Attack has been handled calls for an action that delivers the consequences their inaction brings. Someone who can stand by while a neighbor is beaten, arrested, then made to appear like a lawbreaker does not deserve my hard earned dollar. If and when the people of Provincetown come to their senses and free Barry Scott of these ridiculous charges, there will still be a real and measurable threat the safety of GLBT people while visiting. Both these issues should be addressed head on by the citizens who have a vested interest. It's not just good for business, it's the right thing to do.