Calgary cop slams BLM in police union magazine, denies systemic racism

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“Members can submit articles with opinions. They don’t always necessarily reflect the opinions of the Calgary Police Association,” Orr said.

Protesters march at a rally calling on politicians to defund the police in downtown Calgary on Aug. 29, 2020.  Photo by Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia

“Do I think Black Lives Matter is a hate group? No, I don’t. But what I think the article reflects is the frustration among front-line police officers. It’s a difficult job to begin with and a lot of police officers do feel like they’re being called into question in everything they do and everything that they stand for.

“I’m certainly proud of the way our members have continued to serve the community in spite of the pressures that they face and the additional pressures that they’ve faced since earlier this year.”

The submission process for the magazine is straightforward, Orr said, with interested writers sending pieces to an editor.

In a statement, Neufeld said that while the Calgary Police Service has no hand in 10-4 magazine, the service “shares in the very real frustrations of our members over the highly negative portrayal of police officers and the police profession” in media.

He said the force does not claim perfection and welcomes public oversight. He added that details on initiatives the service is undertaking on race and other issues were presented to city council in September.

“As outlined in our report to council, we are committed to ongoing anti-racism work and making improvements to the services we provide,” Neufeld said. “Moving forward, we will continue to meaningfully engage our employees and our communities, including interest groups such as Black Lives Matter.”

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