Officer under investigation over traffic sign saying ‘The Safety Of All Lives Matter’.

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MELROSE, MA – If you believe, as we do, that the world, and especially our country is on the verge of losing it’s collective mind, read on.

It is honestly hard to believe that we live in a country that defeated the British crown, survived a civil war, defeated Nazi and Japanese aggression, and placed a man on the moon.

The latest version of looney tunes comes to you from the city of Melrose, Massachusetts, where the words on a traffic sign has apparently triggered the PC mob.

 

The Melrose Patch is reporting that apparently a “woke” resident in town was driving down the street and came upon a traffic sign, you know one of the signs that carries a message such as “Slow Children” or “Seatbelts Matter” or something similar.

Well, this time the sign said, “THE SAFETY OF ALL LIVES MATTER,” which led the chief of police to issue a statement saying that the officer who set the sign didn’t have “malicious or political intent.”

The mayor of the town also weighed in according to WBZ4 in Boston.

“I have ordered that it be taken down immediately and am taking steps to find out how this happened,” Mayor Paul Brodeur wrote on Facebook Wednesday. “I apologize to the residents of Melrose.”

 

Clearly, it has become evident that the only lives that are those which the left says matters. Those who do not fall into line of the Black Lives Matter mantra are criticized, shunned, doxed, and basically hung out to dry. “All Lives Matter” is now, in some circles considered to be racist.

WBZ said that police chief Michael Lyle noted that a traffic officer had been recently tasked with updating the message from one about fireworks to a more general safety message.

“I am aware that the phrase ‘all lives matter’ is commonly used as a misguided counter to the Black Lives Matter’ movement,” Lyle said. “The sign was immediately changed and at the request of the Mayor, I launched an investigation which is ongoing.”

And there you have it. A “misguided counter to the Black Lives Matter movement.” Apparently, Chief Lyle does not realize the difference between black lives matter as a practice and Black Lives Matter as an organization.

For those not versed in the organization of Black Lives Matter, we will remind you that two of the founders are avowed Marxists. Part of the group’s mission if you will is to defund police.

They seek to undermine the “nuclear family,” open the borders, allow felons to vote, close jails and prisons and so much more. Sounds like a worthy organization for a police chief to defend.

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Not to be outdone, the organization has been actively involved in the assaults of police officers, destruction of property, and looting of businesses. But, we wouldn’t want to insult such an outstanding organization by rearranging a few words.

Lyle said that the officer who posted the message denied any malicious or political intent.

“On behalf of the Melrose Police Department, I sincerely apologize to our residents and anyone who drove past the sign today,” Lyle said.

The Patch also reported that Lyle said that an investigation into the “improper and unfortunate” sign was undertaken, and the findings will be made public.

“The officer, by his account, was trying to type a traffic safety message in the limited space offered by the electronic sign and did not realize the totality or impact of the words he had posted.”

Apparently, pictures of the sign started circulating on social media Wednesday afternoon. One resident who drove by the sign said she was driving by and noticed the phrase. So, in order to confirm her reason to be outraged, she drove around the block to double-check.

“Honestly, I was furious,” Jeannette Frey told the Patch. “And really disappointed.”

Apparently a few other residents were concerned that using “such a charged phrase” shouldn’t be out there especially given the precarious atmosphere in the country.

Two City Councilors were terribly upset by the sign. Maya Jamaleddine and Jack Eccles stood together with a small gathering of residents with Black Lives Matter signs late Wednesday afternoon.

In June, the Melrose City Council approved a resolution endorsing the Black Lives Matter slogan in a unanimous vote. Jamaleddine was the councilor who sponsored the resolution and reached out to Brodeur and asked for the sign to be removed and the person responsible punished

Jamaleddine told the Patch that she hoped it would “be a learning lesson and will never be repeated.” She continued that she was “hurt and saddened” due to the “effect of this sign on Black people.”

At the beginning of last month, Brodeur announced an internal audit of city departments, boards and commissions hunting for bias in order to try to solve systemic racism if it did exist. The report, which was due to be made public by June 19 had still not been released as of July 8.

City officials had also engaged in what was described as a “heated discussion” about taking money designated for new police firearms and redirecting it to bias training.

Police chief Lyle’s full statement said:

“Earlier today, I was made aware by Mayor Paul A. Brodeur of unfortunate and improper wording on a roadway electronic messaging sign on Main Street. A traffic officer was recently ordered to update the message from a reminder about fireworks being illegal to a more general traffic safety message. The message was updated with a reminder about obeying the speed limit, and the message ended with ‘the safety of all lives matter.’

“I am aware that the phrase ‘all lives matter’ is commonly used as a misguided counter to the Black Lives Matter movement. The sign was immediately changed and at the request of the Mayor, I launched an investigation, which is ongoing.

“The findings of the investigation will be made public. Preliminarily, the officer reported to me that he did not post the message with either malicious or political intent. The officer, by his account, was trying to type a traffic safety message in the limited space offered by the electronic sign and did not realize the totality or impact of the words he has posted. Nonetheless, I will conduct a full and thorough investigation.

“On behalf of the Melrose Police Department, I sincerely apologize to our residents and anyone who drove past the sign today.

“I will be communicating about this matter to all officers at roll call, and, effective immediately, I am ordering that any roadway messages and any messaging on electronic signage must be approved by my office prior to going live.”

 We will watch this one closely. If history serves as a guide, this officer will likely be hung out to dry, because God forbid you go against the leftist, Marxist narrative, intentionally or, as likely in this case, unintentionally.


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