By Brett Gillin
Anti-police protests continue throughout the United States, and for the most part, they’re unremarkable. So long as the protests are peaceful and not overly-offensive, it seems that even police officers are able to shrug them off these days. But when offensive signs and chants are involved, it tends to get more attention, and when reports come out that tax-dollars may be being used to help fund these protests, well, it just might make your blood boil.
An event earlier this week in Madison Wisconsin, organized by Wisconsin Jobs Now, protestors gathered to demonstrate against racial injustice, with police officers as the major focus their conversations. Wisconsin Jobs Now, according to their website, is committed to five major goals, including higher wages, improved working conditions, healthy and secure neighborhoods, grassroots leadership, and “elevating the political voice of underrepresented communities.” It is also worth noting that according to this article in the Daily Caller, Wisconsin Jobs Now received a grand total of $125,000 in reported funding last year, every penny of which coming from The National Education Association, the largest teachers union in the U.S.
While many might argue that police officers would be an extremely important part the groups stated goals of healthy and secure neighborhoods and could certainly use improved working conditions, the rally had a decidedly anti-police tone. That tone was taken to a new level when a black banner with glittery letters made an appearance.
Amidst chants of “Hey-hey, ho-ho, these racist cops have got to go,” two protestors marched with a sign reading “ALL COPS ARE BASTARDS.” As you can see in this video, the black banner for some reason is painted with glittery letters, and it seems like a cat it saying “ALL COPS ARE BASTARDS.”
This protests happened just days after a Madison police officer shot and killed a man that allegedly attacked him. Despite media reports, such as this one from the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, showing that the man was a frequent subject of violence complaints and had allegedly assaulted two other people before the shooting, protestors drew similarities to other police-involved shootings throughout the nation.
When contacted about the “ALL COPS ARE BASTARDS” sign at the Wisconsin Jobs Now rally, Lisa Lucas, the communications director, told reporters “None of our members brought it to the event. It was, in fact, brought by individuals unaffiliated with us, and those individuals were asked to remove that sign from the action so that our message wouldn’t be compromised.”
A Facebook post on Wisconsin Jobs Now’s official page from Wednesday shows a sign that Wisconsin Jobs Now endorsed, which reads “This is not a matter of cop-bashing, nor a question of who’s ‘good’ and who’s ‘bad’. We stand here fighting against a system proven to persistently employ RACE as the core basis for disenfranchising countless individuals from the right to live.”