A union representing New York cops actually encouraged a mass shooting at Brooklyn College because they mistakenly believed students didn’t want its officers on campus.
When the Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA) caught wind of the misreported story, they tweeted in response: “Another anti police campus with no common sense. Active shooters, acts of terrorism on campuses and now remove the police. Maybe it’s time people get what they ask for,” along with a link to the New York Post article.
Brooklyn College doesn’t want police using campus bathrooms https://t.co/Dx8qui59Xb via @nypmetro another anti police campus with no common sense. Active shooters, acts of terrorism on campuses and now remove the police. Maybe it's time people get what they ask for.— SBA (@SBANYPD) November 20, 2017
However, the issue that the story really addresses is a group of students’ complaints about officers using campus bathrooms, according to Law & Crime. The students were circulating a petition calling for a ban against them using the facilities, citing the fact that cops make many students feel uneasy. However, there are no requests for law enforcement to be barred from the campus entirely.
In any event, the SBA’s response was inappropriate and unprofessional. Their job is to protect the communities they serve, regardless of who likes them and who doesn’t. Invoking harm and terror with a thoughtless and reckless tweet of that nature was not the proper way to react.
Clearly, the SBA can't handle a little criticism of the officers it represents without throwing a Twitter tantrum.
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