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Police Union in Trouble over ‘Black Labs Matter’ Photo

by Adelle Nazarian, Breitbart:

A San Francisco union representing the city’s police officers is being criticized for publishing an ad in the August issue of its monthly newspaper, showing one black and one white Labrador retrieved, each holding up signs that read “Black Labs Matter” and “All Labs Matter.”

The sign is being criticized as an insult to the Black Lives Matter movement.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the picture appeared on the back of the San Francisco Police Officers Association Journal and was accompanied by a plea from the union asking for calm after months of animosity between the Black Lives Matter movement and police forces. The ad read “Maybe it’s time we all just sit back and tone down the rhetoric…”

Sgt. Yulanda Williams told the Chronicle that the ad is “inflammatory, and they still don’t get it. They still choose to inflame situations, and it’s just really insulting.” Williams is the president of Officers for Justice, an organization within the San Francisco police force representing African American and other nonwhite officers.

The hashtag #BlackLabsMatter has also yielded tweets from people posting images of their own loving pets:

The police union’s President Martin Halloran did not issue a response to the ad but instead pointed the Chronicle to a radio ad the union put out recently regarding attacks on police officers:

In light of the rising violence against police officers, we hope everyone can start to turn down the volume. Anti-police rhetoric has been cited as a contributing factor to the violence against police officers. I think we can all do better and the police will do our part. We will continue with our best efforts to build bridges of communication and understanding between us and the community that we serve.

The photo arrives amid debates over accusations of racism within the police department. Several racially-charged texts from three former San Francisco police officers were discovered to include slurs against various groups of people. For example, the Los Angeles Times notes that minorities were referred to as “barbarians” and “cockroaches”, Middle Easterners were referred to as “rag heads” and the term “beaners” was used to describe individuals of Hispanic descent.

However, efforts made by police officers to start a constructive dialogue with members of the Black Lives Matter movement have also been futile in Northern California.

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2 comments to Police Union in Trouble over ‘Black Labs Matter’ Photo

  • d

    any and all PC speech is total BS….if YOU can not take criticism for your words or deeds…then leave this ‘free country’ and go to a country where the government controls all things…..if you stay here…and get insulted by someones opinion that does not agree with you or yours..and YOU want this government to REQUIRE everyone to abide by your standards….then….just go fuck yourself…..as in PC sucks….imho

  • Ed_B

    “The sign is being criticized as an insult to the Black Lives Matter movement.”

    IMO, BLM should be insulted for their idiotic behavior. Calling for violence and the murder of police officers SHOULD be a crime if it is not already. As we have all seen, there are plenty of idiots out there who will rise to this sort of race-baiting and actually commit the acts for which those raking the muck have no stomach. The simple truth here is that ALL LIVES DO MATTER. Those who cannot grasp this simple fact are not part of the solution, they are part of the problem. As such, they should be identified and marginalized. They are not helping our country or themselves. Their approach is not constructive, it is completely racist and destructive. As such it should be roundly rejected by the great majority of Americans who want our country to succeed and become peaceful and prosperous for all. It cannot do so as long as some of us are hell-bent on dividing us into opposing groups. It is more than time that we grew beyond the need to divide and conquer.

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