'All Lives Matter' Decals To Be Removed From Patrol Cars After Complaints

Frankton resident Molly Hobbs started an online petition calling for the removal of the "All Lives Matter" decals.

Frankton, IN – The Frankton Police Department (FPD) has decided to remove the “All Lives Matter” decals from its patrol vehicles, after the department received complaints that the phrase allegedly undermines the Black Lives Matter movement.

Frankton resident Molly Hobbs led the push to have the decals removed by creating a petition and rallying critics to sign off on it, WRTV reported.

"As I educated myself on the Black Lives Matter movement more and kind of spoke with other people about it, I kind of realized that that's not OK and it needs to come off," Hobbs declared.

Hobbs alleged that “All Lives Matter” is a “controversial issue,” and said that police had no right to take “a stand” on it, WRTV reported.

The decals have been on the city’s patrol vehicles since 2016.

“I created the petition to kind of show people that it's not just me,” she added. “That it is a problem."

Over 150 people have signed Hobbs’ online petition, but it was unclear how many of those endorsements were made by local residents.

“[Black Lives Matter] brings attention to injustices against people of color, mostly committed by police officers,” Hobbs declared in the petition. “The ‘All Lives Matter’ group was created to silence and villainize people of color fighting for justice.”

“This controversial slogan does not belong on the vehicles of those meant to protect and serve,” the petition read. “Removing this slogan will increase diversity and help diminish the negative, racist stereotypes that rural midwest towns receive.”

Frankton Town Marshal Dave Huffman said that the slogan was never intended as a way to undermine the Black Lives Matter movement, WRTV reported.

The phrase was selected as a way to "illustrate the seriousness with which Frankton police officers take their duty to protect all of the town's citizens regardless of income, economic status, race, nationality, age or any other factor,” Marshall Huffman explained.

The reason the marshal gave for why the slogan was selected was nearly identical to the reason Hobbs gave for wanting it removed.

"I want the community to always be inclusive and accepting of anybody,” she said, adding that she believed removing the decals “will help the community grow.”

But many citizens argued that they saw nothing offensive about the decals.

“This stands for every color – every person that’s walking this earth,” resident Bill Taylor told WTHR as he pointed at the “All Lives Matter” decal on the patrol vehicle beside him.

“Why would somebody want this gone when it stands for unity?” Taylor asked.

Madison County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) President James Burgess said that his organization was not taking a position on either side of the petition, WTHR reported.

“I could never say something is wrong with that,” Burgess said of the decal. “I could say, ‘Hmm, what’s the intent of that?’ because Black Lives Matter is the issue that is being left out.”

Marshal Huffman said he was sorry that the decals “antagonized” some residents, and that that the department plans to remove them, WRTV reported.

Comments (106)
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Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Yet another city caves to the whims of those who cause the problems, their feelings got hurt because it doesn't specify Black Lives Matter...sad...ALL LIVES MATTER. Perhaps the black community needs to stand up to those killing each other and demand change, turn them in and say enough is enough. So many decent people can be and I'm sure are, are feeling the repercussions of those who commit crime and are afraid to say anything.

JBo
JBo

[Hobbs alleged that “All Lives Matter” is a “controversial issue,” and said that police had no right to take “a stand” on it.]

That has to qualify as one of the most stupid statements of the year.

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

“Why would anybody want this gone when it stands for unity?” I dare say because they enjoy the ass-clown media obsessions referred to as “victim status” and “identity politics” (important food groups which nourish the Democrats). Creating ways to take offense to logic is a lot easier than facing the challenge of advancing a nation.

Lesstalkmoreaction
Lesstalkmoreaction

All lives matter is the most genuine mission statement that an unbiased LE agency could ever promote.

MyBooBear
MyBooBear

Molly Hobbs, you've got to be the stupidest person in the state!

mindy1000
mindy1000

"Certain Lives Matter"

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Jim H. - Virginia US Jim H. - Virginia US 13 mins

I have always felt that "Lives Matter" would be a better slogan, as it would be less offensive to the snowflakes and mean the same thing.

See, they are so sensitive, that they are offended by the word "all" replacing the word "black" or whatever, despite all lives mattering being a pretty uncontroversial statement, in my opinion. Some people actually read it as an aggressive statement, because they are so narcissistic.

Lives Matter.

And by the way, Trump's latest campaign slogan should not be "Keep America Great," it should be "Make America Even Greater."

LynnSB
LynnSB

Really SAD that the Damn POLICE DEPARTMENT DOESN'T HAVE A PAIR !!! GIVING INTO THIS BULL SH*T !!

flybynight
flybynight

Molly, no offense but you SUCK!!!!

beyondpissedoff
beyondpissedoff

I "kind of" think that Molly Hobbs is "kind of" a friggin "kind of" idiot. "Kind of".

gigi480
gigi480

He said black lives matter is the issue that is being left out.The stickers say all lives mater. Doesn't he consider blacks to be part of the all lives. They want to be included but then they want to be separate. Just like BET TV, why is that allowed but we wouldn't be able to have all white TV? They would be up in arms. I say leave the sticker on because ALL LIVES MATTER

Justretired
Justretired

Bow down, just keep bowing down. Your own citizens state they had no problem with it, sounds as if the chief needs to grow a set of balls.

JBH
JBH

Who cares what " Black Lives Matter" might feel? I don't.

GMMiller
GMMiller

DO NOT CAVE to these LIBIDIOTS SJW morons, you give them power everytime someone bends to their will.

Dandy Rando
Dandy Rando

Hey, suppose I am not between friends around here, but let's see if you people wanna have a conversation.

First of all I agree with the people that started the petition. "All lives matter" does undermine "Black lives matter". BLM is a rebelion against racial profiling and ingrained prejudice against black people, which happens for real. Blacks aren't just playing victim. ALM seems like a nice message at first, but put in context it actually comes from the belief that BLM is a social movement with intention of segregation, opress whites and make everybody suck black balls for no good reason at all, which is a colossal stretch, no not say it's complete BS.

The expression was coined by people that want to convince everybody blacks are playing victim and social problems involving them being in an unfairly hopeless unfavorable social situation doesn't exist, including some right wingers, conservatists and most white supremacists. It's associated with the Blue lives Matter, a social movement about crimes against police officers at surface level, but antagonizes social movements built around reporting police's bad habits, usually against blacks.

The expression "All lives matter" have a political undertone, and whoever stands for it take a stand against "black lives matter", not because SJW want to opress you or it makes them less special, it's because of all the bad shit behind it. Hope some day we will be able to trully say "All lives matter" and it's meaning will trully be about union. For now, let's just get these stickers out of patrol cars. The officers involved have intent of serving and protecting everybody, and they know the true meaning of the expression now so they may take them off as a sign they trully serve and protect everybody

Jbkerner
Jbkerner

So, I guess the slogan would have been acceptable, if it just said, "Black lives matter"? That idea is unbelievably racist!

Kevcali
Kevcali

They ought to offer their citizens free "ALL LIVES MATTER" bumper stickers. The BLM is getting pretty radical and petty at the same time. ALL means all-inclusive.

hausdok
hausdok

I'm glad that the NAACP remained officially somewhat neutral, but the NAACP rep's comment, "Hmm, what’s the intent of that?’ because Black Lives Matter is the issue that is being left out," shows that he actually doesn't get it.

I wonder if he even knows that the NAACP was started by several white Jewish men in a small racially-segregated town in upstate New York. If he did, I would think he would "get" it, and understand why 'All Lives Matter' does not undermine or leave out the concept of black lives matter.

Bstn
Bstn

If "Black lives Matter" group protestors hadnt run around nationwide yelling "pigs in a blanket" and "only good cop is a dead cop" then maybe I would have listened to what they claim their concerns are and now for this one lady to say "All lives Matter" is undermuning BLM...whatever sorry i think they are ridiculous!!

gfc1963
gfc1963

So these decals have bene on the cars since 2016 and NOW someone complains?? And do white lives not matter? Asian lives?? Hispanic lives?? Just black lives matter?? FUCK OFF. ALL LIVES MATTER. FUCK BLM.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

WTF?? Really?? Caving to a few complainers?? The town marshal is a soy boy who needs to grow a pair!!!

Lochemet
Lochemet

I assumed that "All lives matter" would include black lives as well... It really doesn't matter what the Police do, it's not going to be acceptable. Just as it is being done to President Trump by the Dims, anything and everything he does, no matter how righteous, no matter how good, no matter how beneficial to the nation, he's terrible and should be impeached. With LE, no matter what they do, no matter what they say, no matter how righteous, no matter how good and beneficial their service is to the community, they are racist, violent, and should be resisted and put in their place. These BLM's and their supporters and their genre are nothing more than anarchists and rebels.

skumbag5000
skumbag5000

Send them to me. I'll put them on my vehicle.

skumbag5000
skumbag5000

Because some people dont believe all loves matter.

tfort
tfort

The cops are a service job. The have to do as the public ask as it does not apply to constitutional law.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Being a policeman is a public service job, and policemen need to be answerable to the public (through their elected representatives). When they are at work, their speech is not free (like pretty much anybody else who works for a salary).

ElleD
ElleD

I wonder how many hundreds of thousand signatures would be collected if a petition was started to put the words back on the cars!

bronx163
bronx163

FUCK BLACK LIVES MATTER TERRORISTS.

CHIEF AND MAYOR ARE SPINELESS.

angeleyes
angeleyes

so if i complain about the complainers, does that mean i win?

HFD120
HFD120

Molly, you little closet bigot! She wanted to stir s..t but won't commit 100%. By her own statement..."it kind of". Sticker on units is all inclusive...does not say Black, Blue or any other color or ethnicity. So her bigoted outlook wants to make it racial.

NewHavenWilliam
NewHavenWilliam

It's semantics I bet. Didn't read the story yet, but supposedly "black lives matter" doesn't mean other than black lives DON'T matter - according to the original creators of this domestic terrorist group - it just means the group is more centered on blacks than others (I guess)... So apparently they're (blm) insulted by the name "all lives matter" for some reason. They claim it is "racist" for one reason or another. Personally, I don't feel I'm being racist by supporting All Lives Matter, but there is no denying people misinterpret blm according to blm's definition. So what.

ReserveDepty3431
ReserveDepty3431

If black lives truly mattered to BLM they would look for away to make them matter to the entire race and find a way to stop them from killing each other at such a break neck pace.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

It's painfully obvious that this woman has not educated herself in the least as to the roots or moral turpitude of this organization.

tkshields
tkshields

on a online petition doesn't say how many are actual residents and is that all the actual population in this town or is it once again the very few over rule the many would she have been angry if it said all black lives matter

Raymelson
Raymelson

Are these people crazy all lives should matter I'm gonna have some made.one for my yard an one for each my vehicles so suck molly you sure want have mine removed

61mouse
61mouse

undermines the Black Lives Matter movement.??? You mean the domestic terror group ???

OscarLundin
OscarLundin

Sounds like Molly Hobbs is extremely stupid.

OldVet
OldVet

Politicians and public officials cave in to the few.

Dochayes
Dochayes

Black Lives Matter is actually racist in nature. You are putting Blacks above everyone else and this is wrong!!!! All Lives Matter does not single out one race but instead includes blacks with everyone. This is what Blacks said they always wanted, to be included and treated the same as everyone else. I view Black Lives Matter as a conspiracy to destroy society and to make the Blacks a slave class again.

What a crock
What a crock

What a crock of do do

Floridabear
Floridabear

Ms Hobbs It would be polite to refer to you as a useful idiot. You complain that it interferes with Black Lives Matter in a small town whose black population is .05

CliffordDC
CliffordDC

150 people signed a petition to take it off, why doesn't someone start a petition to keep it on there and I would bet that number would be triple in just 1 day to KEEP IT ON~

TroyS
TroyS

Black Lives Matter are nothing more than home grown terrorist organizations that should not be allowed to exist at all, they are the same type of group as white supremacist groups.

Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

WELL THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS DON'T HAVE SPINES.

Stu Redman
Stu Redman

Ain't that some bullshit. Give in to the thugs.

Buffrat
Buffrat

I'm offended that they are removing them. So I guess they should go back on right?