In another example of political correctness and liberal lunacy gone wild, the San Francisco police union is taking heat for a photo it included in the latest issue of its newsletter.
As The Blaze reports, The photo on the back page of the union newsletter depicts two Labrador retrievers sitting next to each other. One is a black lab; the other is presumably a yellow lab. The black lab is wearing a sign around its neck that reads “Black Labs Matter;” the other pooch is donning an “All Labs Matter” sign.
The caption to the photo’s left reads, ”Maybe it’s time we all just sit back and tone down the rhetoric…”
For Sergeant Yulanda Williams, president of Officers for Justice — an organization within the San Francisco police force representing black and other non-white officers — the photo “once again shows a severe lack of understanding,” she told SFGate. “It’s so inflammatory, and they still don’t get it. They still choose to inflame situations, and it’s just really insulting.”
The U.S. Department of Justice is in the midst of a collaborative, top-to-bottom review of the police force that was launched after officers shot and killed a stabbing suspect, Mario Woods, in the Bayview neighborhood in December.
A panel of retired judges, assembled by District Attorney George Gascón to investigate potential police misconduct and bias, has questioned whether the union holds too much power in the department, and many activists have accused the union of standing in the way of reforms.
Anand Subramanian, executive director of the panel of judges investigating bias, also criticized the publication of the dog photo, saying, “It shows a severe lack of judgment and empathy for the real and justified pain and outrage that black communities are feeling.”
Yes, the black communities should have real and justified pain and outrage for any unjust, unwarranted or unlawful action by police of any color. But they should also feel pain and outrage against the epidemic of black on black crime within their communities. Every single week, we report on the shooting deaths and scores of victims of gun violence in Chicago, which so far has seen over 400 murdered this year.
But is their pain and outrage more valid than the pain felt by the families and colleagues of police officers killed simply because they were wearing a badge?
I don’t think so.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]