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Officers Divided on Black Lives Matter Poster at Courthouse

The Suffolk County Courthouse in Central Islip, N.Y., has a Black History Month exhibit on Long Island. Although three retired NYPD officers are not too happy with a middle school students "Black Lives Matter" poster.

It reads, “Stop The Violence. Black Lives Matter. Stop the Racism.” Retired NYPD officer and Internet radio host Ed Munoz told CBS2 New York, “‘Black Lives Matter’ we feel is anti-police and the rhetoric that they spew is anti-police and we’ve actually had them on video walking the streets of New York City calling for the death of police officers. So for it to be hanging in a courtroom, we find outrageous.”

In addition, the station reported that the response to the poster was split. One said, “I think it’s highly political and controversial." Another commented, “I don’t think it’s anti-cop, it’s just awareness of what’s going on in society today.”

State judge C. Randall Hinrichs, who oversees the courts in Suffolk County, told CBS2 there are no plans to remove the poster. Hinrichs said, “It is not the intention of the court to put forth any anti-law enforcement message. This is the cultural response of a middle school student, here in Central Islip, to present-day America.”

Hinrichs added, “It talks about stopping violence and racism, which are admirable sentiments, and I know it’s interpreted by different people, different ways."

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