New York, NY – A New York Police Department (NYPD) precinct commander created a firestorm when an official tweet from her account ended with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.
Deputy Inspector Janice Holmes of the 100th Precinct in Rockaway had posted Feb. 9 on her Twitter account a photo of black boxer Jack Johnson that stated how Johnson was the first black heavyweight champion in 1908. She ended the tweet with the Black Lives Matter hashtag, according to the New York Post.
The New York Daily News cited anonymous sources that said Inspector Holmes told her superiors that she was not the one who posted the tweet and that she ordered it changed.
The tweet was commemorating Black History Month and the hashtag has been changed to #BlackHistoryMonth.
“How can a precinct commander lead people when she aligns herself with a group that is known to hate law enforcement and wishes police officers dead?” one police source told the New York Post. “She’s making a political statement on a job Web site. Let’s see what the police commissioner does now. If they don’t take action, then I guess the police commissioner and the mayor condone this.”
A spokesperson for the NYPD said they were reviewing the Twitter account of the 100th precinct.
Officers aren’t happy that the commander appeared to be promoting a group known for inciting violence against law enforcement.
The New York Post reported that Holmes was the first black commander of her precinct and is one of four siblings who serve with the department.
The New York Daily News reported that the NYPD has strict policies about who is allowed to post on official social media accounts and what types of topics are appropriate.