Social media was aflame this week when news spread that the St. Louis Cardinals organization had pressured the local police union to remove a photo from its website that showed the baseball team’s mascot holding a hand-lettered sign that said “police lives matter.”
In St. Louis County, home of Ferguson, Mo., “police lives matter” are fighting words — and have been since the riots that started in August when 18-0year-old Michael Brown was shot to death during a street confrontation with Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson.
The current controvesy started on Sunday when the St. Louis Cardinals mascot, Freebird, was posing for photographs at a home game and someone handed him a sign to hold for the camera.
It read, “Police Lives Matter,” and it soon appeared on the Facebook page of the St. Louis Police Officers Association.
The Cardinals say Freebird didn’t know what he was handed at the time the photograph was snapped. Team management was unamused and wanted it removed from the Facebook account.
The police officers association complied, but the soon appeared on Twitter, enraging liberals, but to cheers from conservatives:
— Fiery Mad Redhead (@fierymadredhead) May 18, 2015
— RANDY BUNT (@BUNTRANDY) May 24, 2015
— Patty Jahner (@PattyJahner) May 23, 2015
H/T: The Blaze
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