Activists from Black Lives Matter swarmed the home of a police officer who shot a black man in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, chanting, “If we don’t get no justice, they don’t get no peace.” However, Philly Police Union President John McNesby was having none of it, and he sent them all running with a brutal four-word statement that was entirely politically incorrect.
Black Lives Matter affiliates began protesting in June when Philadelphia Police Officer Ryan Pownall shot and killed 30-year-old David Jones as he was running from the cops. According to eye witnesses, Pownall and Jones scuffled and the officer warned Jones not to touch his gun, but he grabbed it anyway and then began running in the other direction. That’s when Pownall shot him.
Although the shooting was clearly justified, BLM has taken to organizing protests outside Pownall’s home, chanting, “If we don’t get no justice, they don’t get no peace,” and demanding that he be charged with murder.
“(They’re) a pack of rabid animals,” Philadelphia Police Union President John McNesby said in a statement last week to a pro-police rally at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 headquarters, according to MILO. “When you go to work each day, you shouldn’t have to worry that a pack of rabid animals will suddenly show up at your home and openly threaten your family,” he added. “These are not activists, they are racist hate groups determined to instigate violence.”
Philadelphia cops held a rally of their own Thursday night in response to a protest last week by local Black Lives Matter activists outside the home of a cop identified in a fatal civilian shooting.
The rally was held at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 headquarters and featured several speakers. Emotions quickly escalated and FOP President John McNesby made one jarring statement.
“When you go to work each day, you shouldn’t have to worry that a pack of rabid animals will suddenly show up at your home and openly threaten your family,” he told the gathered crowd of a couple hundred people, according to WHYY.
That “pack” he referred to is the dozen or so activists who protested last Thursday outside the Northeast Philadelphia house of Officer Ryan Pownall. He has been identified by the police department as the officer who shot David Jones in the back as Jones ran from a confrontation with Pownall in June. [Source: NBC10]
According to Newsworks, the rally came on the heels of a lawsuit filed by the FOP in Common Pleas Court seeking to block the Philadelphia department’s policy of releasing the names of officers who shoot people within 72 hours after the incident. A hearing on the matter is set for the end of September. In the meantime, lawmakers in Harrisburg are pushing to extend the wait time to release officers’ names to 30 days.
“We need to make sure our law enforcement officers — when they’re involved in protecting our community and they have to use force — they don’t have their names disclosed to the public,” said Republican state Rep. Martina White who introduced the measure, which Gov. Tom Wolf has vowed to veto. “We need to make sure their names are protected just like everybody else’s,” added White.
Indeed, law enforcement officers should be able to go to work without having to worry that the safety of their families might be threatened if they do their jobs. Officer Pownall should be applauded for risking his life to protect the streets of Philadelphia, not threatened in his home by violent hate groups who masquerade as “activists.”
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