Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

KONY 2012 supporters reminded to "keep it legal"

Boise, April 18, 2012 - Boise Police want to remind supporters of the KONY 2012 movement who wish to participate in "Cover the night" this Friday to follow just what movement's leaders are saying: Vandalism is lazy and hurts the cause, so... keep it legal."

"We absolutely understand that some people passionately support this cause. That's why we're setting aside a dedicated, very visible spot for people who want to hang posters," said Officer Jim Schiffler, the Downtown area Neighborhood Contact Officer for the Boise Police Department. 

"We also want to remind supporters that leaders of the cause have said pretty clearly they don't want their movement associated with vandalism. In fact, just the opposite, they've posted several ideas for supporters that, if people actually do it, would be a terrific help to their neighborhoods and the community." said Officer Schiffler.

In Boise, the location set aside for Friday's "Cover the night" event is the northwest corner of N. 8th and W. Main Streets.  On Friday, thanks to the Downtown Boise Association, Capital City Development Corporation and with permission from the Gardner Company,  large sheets of black plastic will be spread over the fence on that corner just for "Cover the night". KONY 2012 supporters who wish to hang posters are urged to use the dedicated site. This site will be temporary.

"Vandalism is lazy and hurts the cause". 

Officers want to remind citizens that posting items on light and power poles is a misdemeanor under Idaho State and Boise City Code, with a possible fine up to $1,000. Illegally posted flyers are also subject to immediate removal by the business or property owner. Already this week several KONY 2012 posters were found illegally posted to brick walls and light posts in the BoDo area. Those posters were promptly removed by area business people who work hard all year to keep Boise's downtown an attractive, safe and vibrant neighborhood.

What is ""Cover the night"

"Cover the night" is an event promoted by Invisible Children, an organization whose mission states they use "film, creativity and social action to end the use of child soldiers in Joseph Kony's rebel war and restore LRA-affected communities in central Africa to peace and prosperity." 

Via their web site and social media,  this Friday, April 20th, movement leaders are urging their supporters to "Cover the night" to raise awareness of the cause. 

"Invisible Children does not condone any type of illegal activity, including vandalism or trespass..."

On the "Cover the night" web site, KONY 2012 organizers urge their supporters to "keep it legal", and make a positive impact on their community this Friday with activities like:

  • cleaning graffiti
  • wearing t-shirts with the KONY 2012 logo
  • picking up parks and vacant lots
  • providing free car washes
  • random acts of kindness
  • showing appreciation to unsung heroes in the name of justice for affected children. 

The Invisible Children organization also urges supporters to document their work on Twitter or Instagram with #KONY2012 #service #[yourcity]. 

"It would be great to see efforts from Boise documented with true service instead of something thoughtless or destructive. True community service helps us all," said Officer Schiffler.