AUSTIN, Texas – AUSTin, Texas, police department is facing backlash for its decision to remove a poster that reads, “No to All Lives Matter.”
In a statement, the Austin Police Department said the poster was “an attempt to promote hatred and intolerance in the community.”
“The posters message is that all lives matter and all people are deserving of respect,” the statement reads.
“The message was also designed to promote an ideology that views the police as inherently oppressive, racist, and violent.”
Police say the posters was created by a group of white students who attended the college and posted it on campus, but the college said the posters are “an act of hate.”
In the statement, a police spokesperson said that the poster did not include an actual racist message and that the posters were “intended to show support for the police.”
“While there are individuals who wish to have a different interpretation of the posters meaning, we do not believe it promotes hatred or intolerance,” the police statement reads, adding that the department “does not tolerate the display of hate speech or violence.”
“We also recognize the posters purpose was to express support for and to show solidarity with police officers who are in danger and to the communities they serve,” the spokesperson said.
“There was no intent to incite violence against officers or any other person.”
The poster was removed from the Austin campus on Monday.
A police spokesperson told The Associated Press that the college did not find the poster offensive and that police were looking into whether the poster is still visible.
“We will review the poster and will determine what additional action will be taken,” the school said in a statement.
“This poster was posted in response to a recent police shooting in Austin and we have removed it immediately.
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