On Monday of this week, a controversial post made by Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Fraternal Order of Police went viral for its sensitive subject matter. By Wednesday, TulsaWorld.com noted, it had been deleted.
The now-deleted post referenced NFL players’ protests against police brutality, a topic that once again made headlines after President Donald Trump called ex-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick a “son of a b*tch” in late September, as well as the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada that took place on Sunday.
“To the brave NFL players that ran into a hotel with an active sniper… Nevermind, those were police officers…” the now-deleted post read. By the time it was deleted on Wednesday morning, Tulsa World noted, it had “over 100,000 views, over 1,100 shares and 3,000 reactions.”
Tulsa’s FOP president told Tulsa World that the post’s “purpose was to promote the heroism displayed by police who responded to Sunday’s shooting rampage in Las Vegas after several weeks of criticism directed toward law enforcement.”
A few days prior, the Miami FOP union shared posts similar in tone to Tulsa‘s, and received similar backlash.
Check out the now-deleted post below.
— Kyle Hinchey (@KyleHinchey) October 5, 2017