Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay is defending a picture of himself that’s been circulating on social media creating controversy.
The photo shows Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay holding a sign that reads, “I resolve to challenge racism at work. #EndWhiteSilence.”
— WHAT’S UP?! (@endwhitesilence) January 1, 2015
According to Pittsburgh CBS Local, the police union was not happy and it associates racism with the department. The picture sparked an emotional dialogue, McLay took to facebook to defend his actions.
“@endwhitesilence: It’s time for courageous conversations about implicit bias, race and gender @ work & in our communities. It’ll be OK… — Cameron S. McLay (@ChiefCSMcLay) January 1, 2015
According to WTAE.com, McLay wrote: “It appears my having been photographed with a sign supporting racial justice at work and (opposing) ‘white silence’ has offended some. If any of my PBP (Pittsburgh Bureau of Police) family was offended, I apologize. You are very important to me and I would never hurt you purposefully,” McLay wrote.
McLay also addressed this on facebook which is posted below:
Reaction toward McLay was mixed. liberals accepted the tweeted photo and pushed it out while conservatives saw it as a backstabbing.
— Sandy Tolliver (@SandyTrib) January 3, 2015
— Lnonblonde (@Lnonblonde) January 2, 2015
— 000___000 (@000___000) January 3, 2015
— Renny (@citrussage) January 3, 2015
@ChiefCSMcLay @endwhitesilence Then feel free to begin the conversation. Which officers or policies would you like to call out as racist?
— Chimfish (@Chimfish) January 3, 2015
@ChiefCSMcLay @endwhitesilence Courageous enough for you? Tired of being blamed for things I had nothing to do with just because I’m white.
— Len Iorio (@lennyscards) January 3, 2015
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