Facebook was in fine form just days ago when they cut down the memorial of a current police office when their disturbing attack on what was an attempt to honor the official in a meaningful way on their platform.
While it should come as no surprise that Facebook and the police of this nation don’t agree on many issues, any person who passes from this life defending his neighbor should get a pass for people to put their desires aside to deal with the problem at hand, no matter how bad the optics might be
According to a report in The Independent Journal Review, however, Facebook took it upon itself to rid its users of troubling content in the form of shutting down what everyday citizens would likely feel as the least Americans can do to honor police officers.
The platform has come under fire after they shut down an effort to publicly honor Jeffrey Bieber of the East Peoria Police Department as its Officer of the Year award recipient according to NewsBusters and the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.
While the post received overwhelmingly positive responses from people who interacted with the Facebook post, spreading it far and wide, thanks to the efforts of the nonprofit Chiefs of Police Association.
However, when the group chose to attempt to turn the post into a sponsored ad, they were turned down. They were also turned down upon appeal, according to the ILACP. The group said Facebook told it that “this ad content has been correctly disapproved for violation of Facebook Advertising Policies and Guidelines.”
“(The ad) may have been rejected because it mentions politicians or is about sensitive social issues that could influence public opinion, how people vote and may impact the outcome of an election or pending legislation,” Facebook said, according to the ILACP.
ILACP Executive Director Ed Wojcicki also questioned how the post could be interpreted as political.
“The way we see it is Facebook thinks it’s wrong to honor a brave police officer who suffered serious wounds while protecting his central Illinois city. How is that remotely political?” Wojcicki queried, according to NewsBusters.
“Facebook must not realize that many police officers endure severe physical and verbal abuse on a daily basis. Our recognition of Officer Bieber is designed to honor an officer who made a great personal sacrifice and to help Americans understand and appreciate the sacrifices that many officers make.”
Any status or standing that police receive for putting their lives on the line is small payment for the stress and strain of knowing that every day they get into their squad cars could be their last. Facebook seems to be diving headfirst into the idea that Americans shouldn’t appreciate the Boys in Blue because some of them went rogue and acted like vigilantes with a vendetta.
In addition to speaking with the media about their concerns, ILACP has launched a petition as a way of rallying support behind their cause.
They’re asking Facebook to recognize Bieber (despite his unfortunate name) and allow them to advertise his incredible contribution to the city.
Whether their please fall on deaf ears, we, as citizens need to remember that what officers do in the field isn’t something that can ever be replaced. Bad people will always do bad things and if there isn’t an honest group of sanctioned law enforcement officers to give chase, we’ll all be forever chasing freedom and wishing someone had our backs so we could pursue life and liberty in peace.
Pushing down the praise for good cops because of bad ones is the ultimate “throwing the baby out with the bathwater” situation. However horrible the actions of a few, punishing the entire group would be like going on a hunger strike because a chef poisoned someone. It’s ineffectual and you’ll most likely end up dead.