NYPD not happy precinct official tweeted in support of Black Lives Matter

Social media makes it easy to generate a controversy.

Protesters hold signs during a Black Lives Matter demonstration in New York, Sunday, July 10, 2016. A crowd of about 300 people, protesting against the shootings of black men by police officers, started in Times Square and between short speeches they stood silently with their fists in the air. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Deputy Inspector Janice Holmes, Commanding Officer of NYPD’s 100th Precinct, faced backlash after the precinct’s official Twitter account shared a tweet that included the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.

The tweet honored legendary boxer Jack Johnson, the first black man to hold the title of World Heavyweight Champion, as part of Black History Month.

The #BlackLivesMatter hashtag at the end of the Friday tweet quickly drew attention, with several social Twitter users blasting the use of a slogan that many interpret as conveying anti-police sentiment.

Later on Friday, the tweet was modified to end with the hashtag #BlackHistoryMonth instead of #BlackLivesMatter.

The change brought criticism from supporters of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, who said the original tweet should have been left as was.

Activist Rev. Al Sharpton also weighed in on the issue, NY Daily News reported.

“Why is she apologizing for putting up a slogan about the fight we are all involved in,” Sharpton asked on Saturday. “Our slogan used to be ‘We shall overcome,’ now it’s ‘Black Lives Matter.’”

Rev. Al Sharpton. (AP Photo/Richard Drew).

A police source said Holmes told her superiors she didn’t write the tweet. A spokesperson for NYPD said “There is no indication that any discipline will be given out,” and confirmed another officer wrote the tweet on Holmes’ behalf.

Holmes has three sisters who also serve in the NYPD, one as the commanding officer of Patrol Borough Queens North.

Some pro-police Twitter users were willing to have Holmes the benefit of the doubt.

Is this a case of an unfortunate typo or a speedy denial?


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