The Philadelphia Police Union President told reporters and supporters at a pro-police rally Friday that Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters harassing a police officer at home are "a pack of rabid animals."
BLM protests began in June after Officer Ryan Pownall shot and killed 30-year old David Jones as he was running from the police. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pownall and Jones began to struggle after the officer frisked him, "and police said Jones reached for a gun in his waistband. When Jones broke free, police said, Pownall tried to fire his gun, but it jammed. Jones then started running, police said, and Pownall cleared his gun and fired three rounds."
In 2010 Pownall shot another black man while he was running. The man, who was carrying an illegal gun, survived but remains paralyzed.
According to MiloYiannopoulos.net, Black Lives Matter has organized protests in front of Pownall’s home, chanting, “If we don’t get no justice, they don’t get no peace.”
“[They’re] a pack of rabid animals,” Philadelphia Police Union President John McNesby said in statement to a "Back the Blue" rally at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 headquarters.
“When you go to work each day, you shouldn’t have to worry that a pack of rabid animals will suddenly show up at your home and openly threaten your family,” McNesby continued. “These are not activists, they are racist hate groups determined to instigate violence.”
“We’re not going to dignify that with an answer,” said BLM activist Asa Khalif. “That ridiculous comment doesn’t deserve a response. I’ll simply say, ‘Justice for David Jones.'”
Khalif led the protest at Pownall’s house, calling him a “racist, bigot pig cop” and saying he had “a murderous spirit.”
The local Republican State Representative in the area has demanded that the Philadelphia Police Department do more to protect their officers and stop releasing their home addresses.