Menlo Park, CA - Blue Lives Matter has confirmed that Facebook is taking actions against Facebook accounts that call a cop-killer an illegal immigrant.
Corporal Ronil Singh was murdered within 100 miles of Facebook's headquarters, but the company appears to be concerned about anybody pointing out that his killer was in the country illegally.
Gustavo Perez Arriaga, 32, fatally shot Cpl. Singh during a predawn traffic stop on Wednesday, leading to a massive multiagency manhunt. He was captured Friday morning.
Arriaga is an illegal immigrant, has self-promoted his status as a member of the Sureno street gang, and has two prior drunk driving convictions in Madera County, Sheriff Christianson said.
"This suspect, unlike Ron – who immigrated to this country lawfully and legally to pursue his lifelong career of public safety, public service and being a police officer – this suspect is in our country illegally. He doesn't belong here. He's a criminal," Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said during a press conference on Thursday afternoon.
A sheriff's deputy whom I personally know posted the following picture on Facebook on Friday:
After the image was up for a few hours, his account was suspended for 30 days:
In the past, I have personally been suspended by Facebook, and had a Blue Lives Matter account suspended, for posting a news article about a suspect hit by a car in a low-speed collision, while running away after beating an officer.
The suspension was allegedly because my post to the Blue Lives Matter Facebook page implied that it was humorous and not sad that the poor violent criminal got bumped by a pickup truck after beating an office. That suspect was seemingly uninjured.
We have also received other reports of people having action taken against their Facebook accounts for posting similar images.
Facebook user Dana Marie says that she didn't even post a picture of the killer when she got flagged for "hate speech." Dana posted images of Corporal Singh and his family, with the text: "This is officer Singh. He was killed by an ILLEGAL ALIEN 5 hours after he took this picture with this beautiful wife, baby and k9! This is precisely why we need to #buildthatwall! RIP hero"
"Illegal alien" is the official term used by the U.S. government since the Reagan administration to describe people who are in the country illegally.
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