The August issue of the San Francisco Police Officers Association Journal, the newsletter of the police union, includes a picture of two dogs and a play on the words "Black Lives Matter" (video below).
According to KGO, a black Labrador retriever is wearing a sign that says, "Black Labs Matter," while a golden retriever bears a sign that states, "All Labs Matter."
There is also text that states: "Maybe it's time we all just sit back and tone down the rhetoric..."
"All Lives Matter" has often been used as a pushback slogan against "Black Lives Matter," which was created to protest police killings of unarmed black people.
The police union's picture has drawn outrage from some officers within the San Francisco Police Department, which is currently under review by the U.S. Department of Justice for alleged racism.
The dog photo "once again shows a severe lack of understanding," Sgt. Yulanda Williams, president of Officers for Justice, a group that reps black and nonwhite officers, told the San Francisco Chronicle.
"It’s so inflammatory, and they still don’t get it," Williams added. "They still choose to inflame situations, and it’s just really insulting."
The San Francisco Police Department and its acting Chief Toney Chaplin refused to comment.
Union President Martin Halloran referred the newspaper to a recent radio ad by the union in which he said:
In light of the rising violence against police officers, we hope everyone can start to turn down the volume. Anti-police rhetoric has been cited as a contributing factor to the violence against police officers. I think we can all do better and the police will do our part. We will continue with our best efforts to build bridges of communication and understanding between us and the community that we serve.
The Black Lives Matter movement has said numerous times over the three years of its existence that it opposes unwarranted police violence against black people, but is not anti-police.
Sources: KGO, San Francisco Chronicle / Photo credit: San Francisco Police Officers Association Journal/KGO via YouTube