In a viral social media post the Fort Worth Police Officers Association has made a politically incorrect, yet some will claim very accurate, statement of the #BLM ‘organization’. Check out what they had to say.
The Fort Worth Police Officers Association called Black Lives Matter “an organization that chooses to MURDER American law enforcement officers” over the weekend.
The police group, which represents more than 1,500 police officers and officialsserving Dallas’ largest neighbor, later deleted the language from its Facebook post — but not before thousands read and shared the message.
The Fort Worth association first condemned Black Lives Matter— a loosely organized black liberation movement that opposes police violence — on Sunday afternoon, as it launched a boycott of Pandora Radio for embracing the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag after last week’s massacre of police in downtown Dallas.
“We urge law enforcement supporters around the world to DELETE the Pandora Radio app from their devices,” the officers group posted to its official Facebook page. “Pandora Radio openly supports an organization that chooses to kill American law enforcement officers.”
A few minutes later, the post was edited in all-caps: Black Lives Matter became “an organization that chooses to MURDER American law enforcement officers.”
Black Lives Matter — both the national organization and the local protest movements it inspires —has been widely criticized since a lone shooter opened fire on Dallas police officers who were protecting a rally against police killings last week. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani even called Black Lives Matter “inherently racist” on national TV over the weekend.
But the Fort Worth Police Officers Association appears to be the first major police organization to straight up accuse Black Lives Matter of killing cops — crimes that the movement’s founders have publicly condemned.
Hundreds of readers endorsed the boycott post on Sunday afternoon, and more than 3,000 had shared it across Facebook by the late evening, when the Fort Worth Police Officers Association edited it again – -removing all references to killing, murder and Black Lives Matter.
The post now ends on a note of togetherness, echoing the healing rhetoric of police in other cities: “We should stand together in UNITY in difficult times like this in our nation. May God bless our first responders and those who support them.” [Edit: After this article published, the post in question was subsequently deleted from the police group’s page.]
“We decided to remove any part of the post that could create insensitivity as we simply want unity in our communities,” the Fort Worth Police Officer Association’s communications director, Officer Anthony White, told The Dallas Morning News on Monday.