'Black Lives Matter' poster in NY courthouse angers some in LE community
The drawing was done by a middle schooler
By PoliceOne Staff
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. — A drawing done by a middle schooler in the Suffolk County Courthouse is causing a debate, CBS New York reported.
The poster was hung as part of Black History Month and says, “Stop The Violence. Black Lives Matter. Stop The Racism.”
One retired NYPD officer and talk show host, Ed Munoz, was advocating for the removal of the poster.
“’Black Lives Matter,’ we feel, is anti-police and the rhetoric that they spew is anti-police and we actually have them on video walking the streets of New York City calling for the death of police officers,” Munoz told CBS.
Court officers have questioned the poster placement in the court as well.
“All lives matter,” retired NYPD Det. Glen Klein told the news site. “Not just black, not just blue, all lives matter.”
Retired NYPD Lt. John Pribetich called it “inappropriate.”
Retired officers are speaking out because active-duty officers are prohibited from doing so.
Suffolk County’s Chief Administrative Judge C. Randall Hinrichs told the publication the poster was hung in celebration of other cultures.
“It is not the intention of the court to put forth any anti-law enforcement message,” he said. “This is the cultural response of a middle school student, here in Central Islip, to present-day America.”
He also told reporters he did not want to offend law enforcement but the poster will remain up for the entire month.