Richmond, California police chief made quite the statement this week by standing with protesters and holding a “Black Lives Matter” sign:

 

And you’ll notice, Chief Chris Magnus is very noticeably wearing his police uniform.

That in particular was the issue taken by the Richmond Police Officers Association, which released a statement criticizing Magnus by citing the state government code’s explicit ban on police officers participating in political activity while in uniform.

One union attorney said they’re “disappointed the chief felt free to flaunt those laws by wearing his uniform during the protest.”

The PD’s Facebook page addressed some of the backlash indirectly by talking about the need for cooperation between the police and the people. Here’s how Magnus himself responded:

“When did it become a political act to acknowledge that ‘black lives matter’ and show respect for the very real concerns of our minority communities? This should not be about ‘us versus them.’ It should be about finding ways to build bridges and address the schism that exists between many of our residents and police.”

Courtesy of Mediaite

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