‘Family friendly’ motel puts up signing proclaiming “All Cops Are B-stards” days after two deputies murdered

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MAGGIE VALLEY, NC – Owners of a North Carolina motel and RV park are facing a storm of criticism after displaying an unequivocally anti-police message on their roadside sign.

Our Place Inn, located in Maggie Valley in Haywood County, NC, prominently describes itself as “Family Friendly.”

However, the owners recently changed their signage to show anti-police profanity.  Their marquee reads:

“ACAB!

“The barrel is rotten.”

“ACAB,” of course, stands for “All Cops Are Bast***s,” and the anti-police statement has become a rallying cry as well as a popular saying in graffiti form for Black Lives Matter and Antifa.

This bold and hateful speech comes on the heels of the tragic loss of two deputies who were murdered in a standoff in nearby Watauga County on April 29.

Retired Asheville Police Sergeant Scott Lunsford, a frequent visitor to Maggie Valley, told Law Enforcement Today:

“Unfortunately, I have to say that the signage is not really surprising (for the owners).

“Not good business sense though. 

“The clientele of the shops, campgrounds, and other venues are typically law enforcement positive.”

Putting their politics out streetside is evidently not new for this motel and RV park, which also displays a sign that reads:

“We believe:

“Black lives matter, love is love, freedom is for everyone, no human being is illegal, feminism is for everyone, science is real, be kind to all.”

Given that the owners declare that “all cops are bast***s” on their marquee, the owners’ own directive of kindness “to all” apparently does not extend to members of law enforcement.

Although the motel is currently closed “from renovations and Covid,” the sign reading “ACAB” has brought in a number of negative reviews on the location’s Facebook page.

Scott Aly wrote:

“This establishment hates Law Enforcement and anyone associated with, related to, or supporters of Law Enforcement. There are several other very nice locations in the area that will greet anyone, regardless of background or profession, with courteous service and a smile.

“Spend your dollars with businesses who do not discriminate.”

George Wilson added:

“Wouldn’t spend a dime of my hard earned money here, ever.  I prefer businesses that support our hard working law enforcement professionals.”

Facebook responses such as those quoted above evidently only bolstered the owners’ stance against police.  

Their May 1 Facebook post reads:

“EXCELLENT!!! 

“ACAB got everyone’s attention just like we knew it would. Posts are spreading like wild fire and a discussion has started.”

 

EXCELLENT!!! ACAB got everyone’s attention just like we knew it would. Posts are spreading like wild fire and a…

Posted by Our Place Inn Maggie Valley on Saturday, May 1, 2021

The owners then called for a “complete overhaul” of policing, saying:

“There are too many individual cops who have created tension and sewn (sic) distrust in our national communities. 

“These few apples have been allowed to permeate for so long that THE BARREL IS ROTTEN. 

“We need a complete overhaul of a system that has been allowed to become corrupt from the inside.”

Among their proposed reforms was a demand for a “national blacklist database” of officer misconduct, as well as universal body cams with footage “untaperable (sic) by individual officers,” to be released “in a timely manner.”

In addition, the owners want:

“Better education for officers. Law enforcement officers should be aware of the law they are supposed to be enforcing!!”

They added:

“When an LEO makes a mistake and incorrectly arrests or tickets someone, it can be traumatizing, not to mention costly in both time and money.”

The owners also added their two cents on de-escalation, demanding:

“Better training for the police. 

“Let’s start with similar de-escalation tactics that teachers and mental health professionals are expected to use. Let’s stop murdering people over misunderstandings. 

“Those mistakes cost lives. They cost families. This is not a price we can continue to pay.”

Adding to the armchair quarterbacking seen so often in these times, they also declared that:

“[f]ar too often, these episodes (‘mental health crises’) get escalated to a point of injury and even death.”

They added:

“You don’t call a plumber to rewire your house, so why aren’t we calling addiction specialists when one’s behavior suggests drug use?”

The owners’ explanation and demands were not well received by many members of the community.

One Facebook user, Kim Owens-Mahew, wrote:

“Two deputies lost their lives in the line of duty this week in Boone. 

“Your cop-hate timing is extremely disrespectful to the families, co-workers, and community who are devasted by this loss.”

Another commenter, Lawrence Calloway, responded:

“Take your liberal politics back to wherever you came from because CLEARLY you are not from Maggie Valley because OUR community supports Law Enforcement and Order. 

“I just hope that you never have to be in a situation where you have to depend on a Law Enforcement Officer to defend your life or family.”

Facebook user Sonia Surrett responded directly to the owners’ demands for changing police procedure, saying:

“I was attacked by a drugged-out homeless person at the Ramada Inn in Asheville. 

“The city moved them in the hotel and one of them threw a Coke bottle at me when I would not give him money. 

“The Asheville Police came and handled the situation. I don’t think a social worker could handle a drugged-out person that is being violent.”

Another local business even became involved after observing the commotion over Our Place Inn’s anti-police rhetoric.

The owners of Clyde’s Restaurant posted on Facebook:

“As business owners, we tend to keep our business page and our stances on political issues separate, but we couldn’t remain silent after seeing a disgusting image of a local business’s sign in Maggie Valley circulating Facebook. 

“Hopefully our sign is a more accurate representation of Haywood and surrounding counties because we PROUDLY support our local law enforcement and their families.”

 

As business owners, we tend to keep our business page and our stances on political issues separate, but we couldn’t…

Posted by Clyde’s Restaurant on Saturday, May 1, 2021

Adding to the backlash from locals over Our Place Inn’s anti-police stance, a nearby nonprofit has now cut ties with the motel.

Canton, NC nonprofit Feeding the Multitude recently distanced itself from Our Place, stating on its Facebook page:

“Our purpose is to be a light to anyone without questions, judgment or prejudice. No one should have to choose between food or their beliefs….

“We are NOT a partner of Our Place Inn and their views are not ours.”

Feeding the Multitude continued:

“We are proud supporters of our Law Enforcement Officers and Firemen and First Responders. 

“We just happen to have been at an event that they were at as well as two other vendors. We will continue our journey but have from this point on severed ties with the Inn.”

Words have a power that many refuse to see. Assumptions have a power that many forget. Feeding the Multitude has one…

Posted by Feeding the Multitude on Sunday, May 2, 2021

 

This action appeared to lead to doubling down on the part of Our Place, with the motel’s owners noting on Facebook:

“a lot of donors to “Feeding the Multitudes” are pulling their donations, because they are prioritizing their hurt feelings over feeding their neighbors in need. 

“In response, Feeding the Multitude has decided to cut ties with us.”

Adding to the comments responding to this post by Our Place, Feeding the Multitude also requested:

“I kindly ask that you remove any and all mention if Feeding the Multitude from your page and your rants. 

“I have never stood against our Law Enforcement or posted anything political in my charity.”

A local blue family recently put into perspective the reality of such continued, hateful attacks on police officers.

The wife of a Haywood County Sheriff’s Deputy, who prefers to remain anonymous, said:

“There is a big difference between freedom of speech and hate speech. 

“ACAB is hate speech and America has the dead police officers to prove it.”

She continued:

“Democrats, socialists, BLM, Antifa, or whatever these people identify themselves as have been calling for the death of law enforcement since the Obama years and they (the police) have been ambushed and executed. 

“How much longer is the public going to let this happen?”

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Last week, Law Enforcement Today reported on the tragic situation that unfolded in Watauga County, NC, which claimed the lives of five persons, including K-9 Deputy Logan Fox and Sgt. Chris Ward.  Here is that report:

‘Incredibly tragic situation’: Two deputies murdered in hours-long standoff

WATAUGA COUNTY, NC – Two Watauga County deputies were among five people killed following a 13-hour standoff in North Carolina on Thursday morning.

The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were dispatched to a home in Boone after an employer reported an employee and his family failed to show up for work. Officers responded to the home around 9:45 a.m. to conduct a welfare check.

Deputies arrived and observed the family’s vehicles were parked on the property and decided to make entry into the home.

Watauga County K-9 Deputy Logan Fox and Sgt. Chris Ward were ambushed and shot as they entered the home.

Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman said that attempts were made to rescue the injured deputies by a Boone police officer, a Boone firefighter, and an Appalachian State University police officer, but they were also fired on. The Boone officer was shot in the head, but a helmet saved his life.

Sgt. Ward was rescued and airlifted to a hospital in Johnson City, Tennessee, where he later died. The other deputy, Fox, was injured and taken hostage inside the home.

The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that the gunman barricaded himself inside the home after the ambush with Deputy Fox.  The suspect fired several shots at officers during the hours of standoff that followed.

Hundreds of officers from across the region responded to assist with the standoff. Deputies evacuated some nearby homes and told others to shelter in place as the standoff dragged on.

Morganton Department of Public Safety Maj. Ryan Lander told the press just before 11 p.m. that the standoff had ended when it appeared the suspect had killed himself.

The unidentified suspect, along with his mother and father, were found dead.

Deputy Fox died from his injuries at the scene during the standoff.

Sheriff Hagaman called the situation tragic:

“This is an incredibly tragic situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved as well as their families and our community.

“I greatly appreciate the tremendous support we are receiving from law enforcement agencies across the region and the state.”

Donna Ward, a relative of Sgt. Ward, spoke to media at the make-shift memorial that grew outside the sheriff’s office later Thursday morning as she dropped off a flag and blue bow. She said the whole family was devastated by the loss:

“It’s hard. I know God’s got another angel. A very loving family, loving. He would do anything for you.”

Gloria Eggers, a nearby resident of the shooting location, said that her son-in-law was in law enforcement and that she was praying for everyone involved:

“Our world is in a bad situation right now and police officers have it really bad.”

Clarence Wilson was on his porch when deputies first arrived at the scene across the street from his home. He said that gunfire erupted:

“Then they told me to get back in the house and stay.”

He described seeing officers pulling a man from the home:

“I don’t know if it was a deputy or who it was. I was just worried about keeping myself safe.”

Law enforcement agencies from all over the state, including several SWAT teams, came to support the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, including: Appalachian State University’s Police, Avery County Sheriff’s Office, Beech Mountain Police, Blowing Rock Police, Boone Police, Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, Hickory Police, Morganton Public Safety, North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office, West Jefferson Police, and Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office.

The identities of the shooter and his deceased family members have not been released by investigators.

Authorities plan to update the public on the incident later Thursday.

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