Phila. Car Dealership Removes Unauthorized Signs For Fallen Cops


A Philadelphia car dealer is taking down billboards honoring fallen police officers and the Fraternal Order of Police after the group objected, says the Philadelphia Daily News. The Barbera dealership urged readers to “Make donations to the FOP survivors fund,” but FOP president John McNesby said no one from Barbera’s had talked to the FOP about the billboards and the dealership “never donated one dime” to the fund. “We don’t use our families for stuff like that; it’s unheard of; it’s outrageous,” McNesby said. “We don’t use our families as pawns in anything.”

The ads proclaimed that “Barbera Cares” and used the photos of six officers, all of whom died in the line of duty between 2007 and 2009. Also included are the dates of the officers’ deaths and the manner in which they died. “This thing got way out of proportion,” he said. “This has never been an advertisement; this was a salute.” A police spokesman, saying the department had not authorized Barbera’s to use its emblem, said, “It’s in bad taste to use fallen officers for an ad campaign, for whatever reason, without getting prior approval.”

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