PA Paramedic Apologizes For Photo Of Blacks Pointing Guns At White Cop


A Philadelphia Fire Department paramedic has apologized for posting on Instagram a photo of two black men pointing handguns at a white police officer with the caption: “Our real enemy.” The Philadelphia Inquirer says paramedic Marcell Salters said, “need 2 stop pointing guns at each other & at the ones that’s legally killing innocents.” Mayor Michael Nutter condemned the post “in the strongest possible terms,” calling it “reprehensible.” “We celebrate the exercise of our First Amendment right to expression,” he said, “but there are clear limits, and this posting went far beyond standards of decency. Inflammatory speech or behavior like this is simply irresponsible and could potentially incite others to inappropriate actions.”

Salters said on Facebook, “That post was out of anger of what is going on around the world,” mentioning the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, black men who died at the hands of white police officers, along with his own experiences with police. The image he posted is from a music video for a song by the rappers Uncle Murda and Maino called “Hands Up,” which the men wrote after the deaths of Brown and Garner. Salters said his post was not meant to hurt anyone, including the police, whom he called his “brothers in blue.” Yet in a since-deleted Facebook comment Salters said he “never did or will like police.”

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