Stephen Varvaro was recently filmed by motorist Steve Worona tearing down Blue Lives Matter ribbons in Staten Island, New York (video below).
"At first I thought he was fixing them, but when I saw him doing it again and again, I pulled over and said I have to record this," Worona told the New York Post. "It got to the point where I had to say something."
Varvaro shouted, "Black lives matter" at Worona who shouted back, "All lives matter! All lives matter! Blue lives save all lives."
The two went back and forth about whose lives matter as Varvaro walked down the sidewalk and pulled down ribbons.
“We’re not talking about all lives right now," Varvaro added. "All lives are not being persecuted right now. Black lives are. F--- all lives. F---- blue lives. Black lives matter right now, OK."
"It was very disrespectful what he was doing," Worona told the newspaper. "I couldn’t believe what was going on."
Varvaro recently issued an apology via the Staten Island Advance: "I know that what I did was wrong. Tearing the ribbons down was the wrong thing to do. It was disrespectful."
"[W]hat I thought [the blue ribbons] meant was to hell with Black Lives Matter," Varvaro added. "I assumed, I was hasty, I acted in anger. I didn't see blue when I saw the blue ribbons, I saw red and I was angry and I lost control. I'm in no way against Blue Lives Matter."
The video was posted on Facebook, which resulted in threats against Varvaro and an angry backlash against his former employer, Ted & Co Salon.
The owner of the salon, who would only give his first name, Ted, said people have been calling and "cursing at us, screaming at us."
"My employees are frightened to be in the building," Ted added.
To quell the anger from police supporters, Ted is offering a 20 percent discount for police employees.
"We didn't do this, we're not responsible for this, we don't condone what he did," Ted stressed.
Varvaro has not worked at the salon for close to three weeks, but some have made calls to boycott the business.
Varvaro said that people are "overreacting" with profanity and threats on social media.
"I'm getting threats about it and I don't feel safe on the island anymore," Varvaro told the news site.