Philadelphia police union president calls Black Lives Matter activists a 'pack of rabid animals'
America seems to be on the brink at the moment. From the perspective of an outsider looking in, there seems to be a hell of a lot going on in the US right now.
Whether it's being on the edge of a nuclear war with North Korea, Neo-Nazis marching through city streets, or dealing with tropical thunderstorms; there never seems to be a dull day in the US. America is also a country experiencing mounting racial tensions between ethnic minorities and its police force, and one head of a police union has added further fuel to this fire.
According to reports coming out of the US, the head of a police union in Philadelphia has called Black Lives Matter activists "a pack of rabid animals" during a "Back the Blue" rally that was held last week.
The rally was held in response to a protest by Black Lives Matter activists, which was organised outside of the home of a cop who was identified in a fatal civilian shooting. In June 2017, Officer Ryan Pownall fatally shot David Jones in his back as he fled during a traffic stop, and activists feel like the lack of conviction for Pownall shows a major failing in the American legal system.
However, rather than sympathising with their cause, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 President John McNesby compared BLM protesters to rabid animals, saying: "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."
No done there, McNesby carried on his tirade, calling BLM activists a "racist hate group" that he claimed was "determined to instigate violence".
During the protests, BLM demonstrators demanded that Pownall be charged with murder for his part in the shooting of Jones, and repeatedly chanted "If we don't get no justice, they don't get no peace", according to NBC 10.
According to the Police, Jones reached to pull a gun in his wristband, hence why Pownall drew for his weapon and eventually shot him. However, surveillance footage from the scene seems to show Jones being shot as he runs away from Pownall. The leader of BLM in Philadelphia, Asa Khalif, said that the movement was "not going to dignify" McNesby's speech with an answer, and that they would instead turn a blind eye to it.
It's not the first time that McNesby has made questionable and controversial statements, with him having history of it in the past. Last year, he said that it was "not a big deal" that one of the officers in his union had a Nazi tattoo, something which understandably didn't go down very well with a lot of people.
Whatever you think of the Black Lives Matter movement, McNesby's comments were pretty stupid and shouldn't be said by anybody, let alone a person in power such as himself. At a time when racial tensions are at boiling point in the US, people like John McNesby should be doing what they can to calm the situation, rather than provoking it.