A newly elected Republican state lawmaker has enraged his constituents, party leaders and police by saying he favors killing police officers when they cross the line. One police chief calls him “a hate-mongering lunatic.”
Tom Alciere, 41, won a seat in the New Hampshire House on his fourth try after a low-key campaign last fall. It wasn’t until Sunday that his constituents in Nashua learned of his anti-police views.
Alciere told the Valley News of Lebanon that he loves it when someone kills a police officer: “It’s unfortunate that cops do make it necessary [to kill them] when they’re waging a war on drugs, and I view cops as enemy officers.” He said he is “too chicken” to do it himself.
He acknowledges posting his views at Internet chat sites for months, including this 1999 comment: “Nobody will ever be safe until the last cop is dead.”
State GOP Chief: Renounce or Resign
State GOP Chairman Steve Duprey said Alciere should renounce his views or resign. But Alciere stood his ground.
“There’s no way I’m going to resign,” he said Tuesday.
Alciere, a married father of one who inspects circuit boards at a factory, said he was arrested for “petty stuff” years ago but never went to jail and has no criminal record. He said his anti-police comments are the “harmless rantings of a private citizen” that won’t influence his legislative work.
New Hampshire has no procedure for recalling state representatives, and legislators said they expect Alciere to serve.
“As despicable as the ideas are, the complaints against him are for his ideas,” said Peter Burling, the House Democratic leader.
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?
With 400 members, the New Hampshire House is the largest state legislative body in the country and many campaigns don’t get much media attention. Alciere admits he didn’t advertise his views during his campaign, but denies misleading anyone.
“Nobody asked,” he said. “For state representative, you don’t have to tell where you stand on the issues.”
He said when police cross the line, citizens have the right to use force to defend themselves: “Whatever is necessary is necessary. It sounds kind of harsh.”
Denounced by Police, Governor
He is taking plenty of heat. Newmarket police Chief Rodney Collins called Alciere “a hate-mongering lunatic,” and Gov. Jeanne Shaheen is among state leaders to denounce him.
Nashua Deputy Police Chief Timothy Hefferan said supervisors warn officers to be careful if they get a call to Alciere’s apartment building. He said police usually stay out of politics, but “I think we’ll have to revisit that policy just to enlighten people.”
Alciere’s views got some publicity when he wrote letters to newspapers.
In 1997, three days after Carl Drega killed two state troopers, a part-time judge and a newspaper editor in Colebrook, Alciere sent a letter saying that except for the editor, Drega was “an otherwise innocent cop-killer taking out enemy officers in battle.”
The letter was never published, but became part of the investigation.
A short time later, Epsom police officer Jeremy Charron was murdered. Alciere defended Charron’s killer, Gordon Perry, because he said Charron had no right to ask Perry and a companion for identification while they slept in their car.
Of Anger and Freedom... and ‘Ugly Old Ladies’
Alciere said his anger stems from reading and watching television reports about police misconduct, and his belief that many of the laws the police enforce are unjust.
But during his campaign, he promised simply to oppose any bills that infringe on freedom, and defeated a Democratic incumbent by 55 votes. In his previous runs for the seat, Alciere ran twice as a Libertarian and once as a Democrat.
After the election, Alciere went online and said he was elected by a “bunch of fat, stupid, ugly old ladies that watch soap operas, play bingo, read tabloids and don’t know the metric system.”
“The same lamebrains who vote for politicians who are WRONG finally voted for one who is RIGHT,” he wrote.