A police union in a Northern Virginia suburb has issued a complaint regarding a farm displaying a #BlackLivesMatter sign on one of its buildings. An officer visiting Cox Farms in Fairfax County was offended by the sign, prompting the union to issue a statement that displayed a tone-deaf cluelessness to what the movement stands for.
Local Washington, D.C. news outlet WUSA reported on the incident as Cox Farms is based in Centrevillle just outside the Nation’s Capital. The Fraternal Order of Police posted their concerns on Facebook, saying that the offended officer was with his family and essentially saying that police across the country are under some form of attack while calling for a boycott of the farm.
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The FOP posted on Facebook that the sign was in hung in a management building on Cox Farms in Centreville, Va. and asked people to protest the farm because the sign was a slap in the face. However, Gina Cox, the owner of the farm, said the house belongs to her daughter and is on private property.
“It’s her private property and she can put up any political sign she wants to in her yard,” Cox said. “We treasure our relationship with our local police force, it’s not anything against them at all.”
The FOP has taken down the original post and said the sign’s intent was misrepresented in a second post.
The Facebook post they made, which was removed because of the unprecedented public outrage towards their attempt to bully a local landmark and beloved destination, further reinforces the lack of trust in the Fairfax County Police Department,” said Mike Curtis with Virginia CopBlock, a police transparency and accountability watchdog group.
Across the country, there have been some who view the #BlackLivesMatter movement as an anti-police regime and has ignited a level of fearmongering amongst those who misunderstand the group’s main purpose. While there has been an increase of violence against authorities, those individuals were not linked to #BlackLivesMatter, nor has the group endorsed retaliation against police.