The Seattle Police Officers’ Guild, the union that represents the city’s police officers, has scrubbed its social media accounts less than a week after suggesting the Black Lives Matter movement was to blame for the fatal shootings in Dallas, The Stranger reported.
Not only was the guild’s website offline, but a Twitter search for its account came up empty as of Monday, as seen below:
As the Seattle Times reported, the guild’s Facebook page was also taken down, just days after a post commenting on the Dallas attack by saying, “The hatred of law enforcement by a minority movement is disgusting” and adding the tag #Weshallovercome, a reference to the Civil Rights Movement protest song.
Geekwire published a screenshot of the post prior to its deletion, which can be seen here:
Guild President Ron Smith, a detective with the department, said at the time that the post was criticized because people took it out of context.
“Somehow some folks were offended that police officers are disgusted at the level of violence directed toward law enforcement officers across this country by the vitriol spewed by a small segment of society,” he said.
Smith has not commented on the union’s decision to wipe its online presence.