From listening to the media, nearly all Democratic politicians and even some Republicans, it is forbidden to hate anyone based on skin color — even a criminal — but almost essential to hate the police.
Now two pro-police groups have filed a lawsuit against the mayor of New York City for blocking their plan to paint “Blue Lives Matter” on a Manhattan street, much as “Black Lives Matter” was painted on the street in front of Trump Tower, reports MailOnline.
The lawsuit, filed Aug. 10 by Blue Lives Matter NYC and Standing up for NYC in the Southern District of New York, accuses Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg of taking away the groups’ First Amendment rights.
The alleged constitutional breach stems from de Blasio and Trottenberg allowing “city property to be used by private speakers” yet blocking a similar exhibition that supports police officers, according to the organizations.
The suit points out that “The ‘Black Lives Matter’ message is highly political and is generally understood by the public to be and support a general anti-police message.”
The groups wanted to paint “Blue Lives Matter” on the street outside One Police Plaza to call attention to the dangers that officers face each day, they said.
They offered Broadway and West 45th Street in midtown as an alternative location, but both locations were denied by City Hall. In their original plea to de Blasio last month, Blue Lives Matter NYC saluted the mayor for his support of the Black Lives Matter movement and his efforts to raise awareness of racism, but wanted to advance their own cause