In a doubtlessly controversial response to inside investigations going down on the St. Louis Police Department, town’s police union has posted The Punisher emblem overlaid with “thin blue line” imagery on-line. Strangely sufficient, the basis of the investigation is in officers sharing this actual picture on-line, along with different, extra explicitly hateful kinds of content material.

The preliminary scandal kicked off when on-line proof of racial, non secular, and different regarding biases had been compiled by the Plain View Project (whose aim is to unearth inappropriate content material selling hate and violence on cops’ Facebook pages), which resulted in dozens of St. Louis cops being positioned below evaluation or completely banned from getting their circumstances seemed into by town’s district lawyer. Despite proof of anti-Muslim rhetoric, Confederate flags, and different excessive politically charged content material, the usage of the “thin blue line” variant of the Punisher emblem is the picture that the St. Louis Police Officers Association is latching onto as its rallying cry over what it deems unfair remedy.

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In a Facebook submit, the St. Louis police union is asking on “all officers and supporters” to alter their Facebook profile footage to that of the “thin blue line” Punisher emblem, which it deems a “image of the warfare towards those that hate regulation enforcement.” Oddly not seeing any hurt in embracing the image of a vengeful (though admittedly cool) vigilante that operates exterior of the justice system with a view to kill wrongdoers, the union declares that the St. Louis Police Department’s choice to research these discovered sharing this and different regarding content material to have been “political” in nature, stating, “The truth is, there’ll at all times be somebody who will discover fault with any image we determine with or particular person we select to hold our message.”

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Posted by St. Louis Police Officers Association on Wednesday, July 10, 2019

St. Louis Police Commissioner John Hayden Jr. did not take this name to motion kindly, and St. Louis Today obtained his inside response memo. Establishing the Punisher to be a “fictional, comedian e-book vigilante” who “engages in acts of violence, to incorporate homicide, kidnapping, and extortion in his one-man effort towards crime,” Commissioner Hayden logically concludes that the character “doesn’t coincide with [the St. Louis Police Department‘s] mission to guard life and property and obtain a peaceable society.” Further explaining that the Punisher’s ideas are juxtaposed towards the oath that each police officer takes, Hayden even factors to the phrases of comedian creator Gerry Conway, who stated that “‘the Punisher represents a failure of the justice system.'”

Commissioner Hayden’s phrases ring true, and it is unlucky that the dialogue between the general public and its sworn protectors has grown so poisonous {that a} beloved comedian e-book character’s emblem has develop into the middle of the St. Louis Police Department’s controversy. Until tensions between these two teams lastly ease, true sequence followers will possible must proceed explaining that their Punisher-branded accessories aren’t making controversial statements.

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Source: St. Louis Police Officers Association, St. Louis Today