Target: San Francisco Chief of Police Greg Suhr
Goal: Remove an anti-Black Lives Matter opinion article that has been posted on a popular bulletin board at a police station and apologize to the black community.
An anti-Black Lives Matter opinion article, that labels all accusations of police brutality against blacks a myth, has been posted on a popular bulletin board in a San Francisco police station. The posted article is in violation of department and city rules that does not allow political activity in public buildings. However, the department claims that the article is in no way political. The article is posted among department orders and officer assignments, meaning that the stations 80 officers are looking at the article daily.
Tensions have been elevated between the black community and the police in San Francisco after the discovery of several racist text messages sent by a handful of police officers. So, the appearance of this article has come during a bad time for the police. Many sections of the article are highlighted to point out the “myth” of the Black Lives Matter movement. One section in particular read “the Black Lives Matter movement has convinced Democrats and progressives that there is an epidemic of racist white police officers killing young black men.” Sign the petition below to demand that this offensive and political article be removed from the SFPD’s police station bulletin.
Dear Chief Suhr,
City rules restrict political activity on city property. An anti-Black Lives Matter article, opinion or not, is tremendously political. Police officers have to be unbiased and unopinionated in order to serve a community well, and the fact that this article has been up for a week without anyone attempting to remove it is a bit troubling. As tensions grow between the police department and the black community in San Fransico, the appearance of this article will be offensive to many.
Yulanda Williams, the President of Officers for Justice, which is a group working to diversify the police force, has voiced her concern. She, like many others, believe that this will only cause the black community to grow even more distrustful of the police department. The fact that it hasn’t even been taken down suggests that it is possible that many police officers in the station agree with the article. While everyone is entitled to their opinions, the city does have rules against this type of public political affiliation. I demand that you have the article removed from the bulletin board and that an apology is issued to the black community.
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