Warner Robins Police’s tweet causes controversy
Monday morning the department made a comment on the social media website Twitter. It included the hashtag “BlueLivesMatter,” which is in regards to this past weekend’s shooting of two police officers in New York City. Many Warner Robins residents said the the phrase is disrespecting the hashtag “BlackLivesMatter.” It’s the phrase representing both Eric Garner and Michael Brown, the two men who were killed during to police altercations.
“All they are doing is adding fuel to the fire, yes we understand blue lives matter, but it’s all lives matter,” Artis Powell said. “We should all be treated equal and fairly.”
Some residents thought the tweet was okay and showed support to the New York Police Department.
“I absolutely have no problem with the tweet,” resident Edwin Apple said. “Those officers families need support and help during their time of grieving.”
Warner Robins Police Department’s spokesperson, Jennifer Parson, tells us the department had no intention of upsetting anyone. The tweet was to only show support to the families of those fallen officers.
“Anytime one of our own is hurt we feel that,” Parson shared. “That tweet was to show NYPD that we care and are here for them in their time of need.”
The President of the NAACP’s Warner Robins Chapter explains, he knows #BlueLivesMatter is in support for fellow police officers. But, he hopes the department realizes that all lives matter.
“Blue, Black, White, all lives matter,” Albert Lewis mentioned. “We are all one people.”
Warner Robins Police tell us, it will not take the tweet down.