Pittsburgh’s new police chief Cameron McLay is being praised by the mayor but criticized by a police union president for being photographed on New Year’s Eve holding a sign that says: “I resolve to challenge racism @ work.”
The sign also has a Twitter hash tag that says “# end white silence.”
Mayor Bill Peduto said he saw the picture on social media and liked it so much he re-posted it on his own Facebook page.
Peduto said he believes the chief was simply recognizing that racism exists and acknowledging there’s work to be done restoring trust between the city’s police and the black community.
However, Fraternal Order of Police president Howard McQuillan said the sign paints city police as racists and violates a policy governing police participation in social media. McQuillan took issue with the mayor’s previous comments criticizing the police and saying departmental reforms were needed, and fired off an email to the mayor, which the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Sunday.
“By Mayor Peduto labeling us ‘corrupt and mediocre’ and now our current Chief insinuating that we are now racist, merely by the color of our skin and the nature of our profession, I say enough is enough!” the email said.
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