From [HERE] and [HERE] The white president of a Pennsylvania police union responded to Black Lives Matter activists demanding accountability for the police killing of a black man by calling the group a “pack of rabid animals.” Black Lives Matter is a loosely organized group of people who organize protests against excessive force by cops - conduct that is already unlawful. Like concert promoters, the BLM are organizers [promoting justice] and most of the persons who attend the protests are unafiliated with the group.
Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police President John McNesby made the statement Thursday during a rally held by and in support of police, according to NBC Philadelphia. The “Back the Blue” rally was in response to a protest the week before by members of Black Lives Matter held outside the house of Officer Ryan Pownall, who fatally shot David Jones in June.
Pownall, a 12-year veteran, shot Jones in the back as he fled from a traffic stop. Police said Jones was armed with a gun. This marks the second time Pownall has shot a black man in the back as he was fleeing. In 2010, he shot Carnell Williams-Carney who ran from cops while having an illegal gun on him.
“That was the day I took my last steps on my own,” Williams-Carney, the now 36-year-old shot by Pownall, told Philly.com from his wheelchair. “I’ve been in a chair ever since.”
“We will not let words stop us,” Khalif told the station. “The only words we’re using is justice for David Jones, and we will not be sidetracked by the bullying tactics of the FOP.”
The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office is still investigating the fatal shooting.
McNesby also came under fire last year after defending an officer that appeared to be sporting a Nazi tattoo. Last September, Officer Ian Hans Lichtermann was seen on social media with what appeared to be part of the official insignia of Adolph Hitler’s Nazi Party on the left forearm: an eagle with outstretched wings, topped by the word “Fatherland.”
While Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney called the tattoo “incredibly offensive,” McNesby had other thoughts.
“I’ve seen [the tattoo photo]. It’s an Eagle. Not a big deal,” he told Philly.com by text at the time. An internal affairs investigation later cleared Lichtermann of any wrongdoing, even as the mayor stood by his stance that the tattoo is “deeply offensive.”