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Text of Parson-McBean e-mail

March 22, 2006

Editor's note: This is the full text of an e-mail from Councilwoman Alesia D. Parson-McBean sent to Herald-Mail reporter Daniel J. Sernovitz. The e-mail was received in the reporter's account Friday, Feb. 10, 2006, at 11:34:48 p.m.

For Immediate Release:

(Hagerstown, MD)-February 9, 2006 this release is to allow the citizens of Hagerstown to hear from yours truly, Councilwoman Alesia Parson-McBean on the subject of my being stopped with an expired registration on January 21, 2006. That being said, I will say that this infraction was not deliberate. Receiving assistance form the police department to continue the work at hand was never meant to be slap in the face of our citizens. The officers involved in this stop and the police departments in general have had to endure scrutiny for assisting me and for that I humbly apologize.

This stopped has caused those who have great disdain for a lapse in judgment to over ride the history being made within our city and for my part in this I am apologetic. For those out there who have been truly sapient in this matter I say thank you for your support and not to worry, I will continue to carry out our message of inclusion and tolerance in our city.

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Hagerstown is witnessing change and during this process I have been made painfully aware that not all are excited about our progression. I have faith that those who are not accepting of such progress are by far in the minority. Hagerstown is filled with citizens who believe we must work together in order to bring about a city that we can all be proud to call home. On that note I send a heartfelt thank you to the Hagerstown Police Department (HPD), the FBI, and the many agents who worked tirelessly to insure the safety of all those affected by hate crimes but more importantly to HPD for keeping our city safe daily.

Respectfully,

Alesia Parson-McBean

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