PALMER TOP COP’S ‘HATE GROUP’ COMMENT DIDN’T AGE WELL
Black Lives Matter, a leftwing organization that has risen to national prominence over the past half decade, is now calling for the defunding of the police. The demand is unequivocal:
“We call for a national defunding of police. We demand investment in our communities and the resources to ensure Black people not only survive, but thrive. If you’re with us, add your name to the petition right now and help us spread the word,” the group posted on its website on Thursday.
The #BlackLivesMatter group has been front and center in raising the conscience of the nation as it pertains to the treatment of African-Americans in the criminal justice system. The group characterizes police killing of blacks as “genocide.”
Tucker Carlson, conservative commentator on Fox, begs to differ. He says that in 2019, only 10 unarmed African-Americans were shot and killed by police in the United States, far fewer than unarmed whites.
According to the Washington Post’s data, 2019 was the safest year for black suspects in police custody since the Post began tracking the data.
On the other hand, the number of police officers killed last year was 48.
PALMER POLICE CHIEF IS UNDER THE GUN
The “defund the police” campaign comes at a time in Alaska when the police chief of Palmer, in the heart of the Mat-Su Valley, is in hot water over comments he made on Facebook two years ago, when he referred to Black Lives Matter as a hate group. Chief Dwayne Shelton wasn’t the police chief back then, but was a uniformed officer on the force who had risen through the ranks.
Chief Shelton was placed on leave this and the City of Palmer issued a statement on Facebook: “The City of Palmer (City) rejects the ideas contained in the past inappropriate social media postings by Palmer Police Chief Shelton who is currently on administrative leave with pay. Instead the City recognizes and respects the diversity of our society and promotes the principles of tolerance and equality embedded in the Constitutional underpinnings of our Nation.”
RIGHTEOUS CAUSE OR HATE GROUP?
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which classifies groups as hate groups, says that Black Lives Matter is not a hate group. The SPLC has, however, also said that Antifa is not a terrorist group.
According to Influence Watch, Black Lives Matter is a group that is funded by George Soros through a group known as the Democracy Alliance. The group has connections to radical left-wing organizations.
“It is estimated that groups associated with the BLM Movement have taken in $133 million since 2013. Organizations associated with liberal billionaire George Soros are said to have provided at least $33 million to various BLM movement groups since 2016,” Influence Watch says.
“In 2015, the fundraising club Democracy Alliance, led by liberal donors like George Soros and Taco Bell heir Rob McKay, recommended “its donors step up check writing to a handful of endorsed groups that have supported the Black Lives Matter movement.” BLM Movement groups which received support from the Democracy Alliance were the Black Youth Project 100, the Center for Popular Democracy, the Black Civic Engagement Fund, Color of Change and the Advancement Project.
Ford Foundation and the Borealis Philanthropy created the Black-led Movement Fund, a funding vehicle for the Movement for Black Lives, the coalition of groups responsible for the extremist “Vision 4 Black Lives.” The fund has received “pledges of more than 100 million dollars from liberal foundations and others eager to contribute,” Influence Watch says.