A conversation with a Nevada “Patriot”

Jason Tingle - photo: courtesy of Jason Tingle

Several weeks ago, Douglas County Sheriff Dan Coverley, in an open letter to the local library, insinuated that his officers would not respond to emergencies at the library if it officially supported the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement as proposed by the Douglas County Librarian.

Sheriff Coverley has since rolled back his remarks, but his initial letter prompted a small group of BLM activists to gather in protest near the Sheriff’s Office in Minden, Nevada last Saturday.

In response, hundreds of counter protesters, many of them armed, confronted the protesters with taunts, thrown objects and racist epithets. BLM activists marched from the Sheriff’s Office out into town. Counter protesters, many of them armed, followed the group and continued to variously harass them.

When a White counter protester, wearing a rifle, punched a Black man in the head, another man wearing a rifle and various tactical gear stepped in to protect the BLM marcher and calm the assailant and screaming crowd.

In the absence of police, Daniel Tingle, an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran who lost a leg in the conflict, kept the peace.

Jason Tingle is Daniel’s brother and a Gardnerville native. He was armed at the protest too. On this edition of the Wild Hare, we chat with Jason Tingle about the line between vigilante and patriot and more.

Producer’s note:

The object of the interview was not to argue but to ask questions and listen. The goal was to understand Jason Tingle’s perspective. Agree or disagree, I encourage you to listen to the entire podcast.

Music credits as reported through the Public Radio Exchange in order of appearance.

Song: Greenland
Artist: Emanicipator
Album: Safe in Steep Cliffs
Label: Loci Records
Year: 2010
Duration: 1:25

Song: Late Anthropocene
Artist: Brian Eno
Album: Small Craft on A Milk Sea
Label: Warp
Year: 2009
Duration: 1:50

Song: Complex Heaven
Artist: Brian Eno
Album: Small Craft on A Milk Sea
Label: Warp
Year: 2009
Duration: 2:52

Song: The Last Door (2005 Digital Remaster)
Artist: Brian Eno
Album: More Music for Films
Label: Astralwerks
Year: 2005
Duration: 1:29

Song: Empty Landscape (2005 Digital Remaster)
Artist: Brian Eno
Album: More Music for Films
Label: Astralwerks
Year: 2005
Duration: 1:25

Song: Dawn, Marshland (2005 Digital Remaster)
Artist: Brian Eno
Album: More Music for Films
Label: Astralwerks
Year: 2005
Duration: 1:44

Song: Approaching Taidu (2005 Digital Remaster)
Artist: Brian Eno
Album: More Music for Films
Label: Astralwerks
Year: 2005
Duration: 3:23