The San Francisco police union berated San Francisco 49er quarter Colin Kaepernick for refusing to stand for the National Anthem to protest against police violence – accusing the NFL player of demonstrating a “lack of sensitivity” towards police officers by painting a “false narrative” with “misinformation that lacks any factual basis.”
Talk about projecting.
Martin Halloran, president of the San Francisco Police Officers Association, also said it was not fair for Kaepernick to accuse police of contributing to the “racial divide” in this country.
The racist texts from the San Francisco Police Department, which can be read here, involved more than a dozen cops and placed thousands of cases in jeopardy, including several homicides.
After all, cops that show that much hatred towards minorities are more likely to skew facts when arresting minorities. At least more than usual, anyway.
Then there was the string of black people killed by San Francisco police that led to the resignation of Chief Greg Suhr in May.
According to the Los Angeles Times:
San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr stepped down Thursday at the request of the city’s mayor, hours after a police officer fatally shot an unarmed black woman — the latest in a series of scandals that have rocked the department, prompting a federal probe and public demand for reform.
In an announcement that caught many residents off guard, Mayor Edwin Lee said he met with Suhr and asked for his resignation after learning of the deadly shooting of a black woman in the Bayview neighborhood earlier in the day.
“These officer-involved shootings, justified or not, have forced our City to open its eyes to questions of when and how police use lethal force,” Lee said in a statement at City Hall. “The progress we’ve made has been meaningful, but it hasn’t been fast enough. Not for me, not for Greg. … The men and women of SFPD put themselves in harm’s way literally every day. We owe it to them to restore the community’s trust in their work.”
For more than a year, San Francisco police have been under scrutiny as several scandals unfolded, seeing officers accused of violating citizens’ civil rights, exchanging racist text messages and impeding criminal investigation.
But you wouldn’t know any of that by reading the letter from the San Francisco police union, who earlier this month, published a photo in its newsletter that seemed to make light of the Black Lives Matter movement, prompting criticism from black officers within the same department.
The photo showed two labrador retrievers, a black lab and a white lab, with the black lab wearing a sign that said “Black Labs Matter” and the white lab wearing a sign that said “White Labs Matter.”
According to SF Gate:
The dog photo “once again shows a severe lack of understanding,” said Sgt. Yulanda Williams, president of Officers for Justice, an organization within the San Francisco police force representing African American and other nonwhite officers. “It’s so inflammatory, and they still don’t get it. They still choose to inflame situations, and it’s just really insulting.”
The Police Department and acting Chief Toney Chaplin declined to comment.
Union officials did not immediately comment to a request for comment on the journal photo, but Union President Martin Halloran pointed to a radio ad put out by the union about the recent attacks on police officers.
“In light of the rising violence against police officers, we hope everyone can start to turn down the volume,” Halloran says in the ad. “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.”
So if Halloran is unable to build bridges with his own police department, which has proven unable to build bridges within its own community, how does he expect his letter to build any bridges in the United States?
Obviously, that was not his intention. Instead, his intention was to further increase the divide between the citizens who realize we have a problem with police abuse in this country and the citizens who are blind to it.