A play on the phrase “Black Lives Matter” in the San Francisco Police Department’s union newsletter now has the SFPD under fire, ABC 7 reports.
The controversial photo features two labs. The black one is wearing a sign that reads, “Black Labs Matter,” while the white one is holding a sign that reads, “All Labs Matter.” Next to the photo of the labs reads, “Maybe it’s time we all just sit back and tone down the rhetoric…”
The image of the labs was sent by union supporter Esther Woods, but the image was not well-received by everyone.
People claim the photo is insensitive to supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement, who feel like the black community is disproportionately profiled and killed by police.
Some of the criticism even comes from within the department. The president of Officers for Justice, a group that represents black and other non-white officers, says the image is inflammatory and shows a lack of understanding.
The Department of Justice is currently reviewing the police department over the image.