Tiburon Police Chief Michael Cronin last week apologized for his word choice in a warning to residents that a peaceful protest in Marin City against racism and police brutality could result in mayhem that targeted Tiburon. Cronin’s initial June 1 message drew an immediate and vocal response from the community: Some online thanked the Police Department for working to protect residents and businesses. Others called Cronin’s message “inflaming” and “tone deaf” for tying the potential for violence to the march in Marin City, which has the county’s largest black population at nearly 40 percent of residents, and for effectively telling Tiburon residents not to participate by advising against travel on southbound Highway 101. Dozens of people called the department to voice their opinions, and at least one Main Street business boarded up its windows.
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