Catlettsburg, KY - The Kentucky councilmen who helped spearhead the battle against Blue Lives Matter and Punisher decals on city patrol cars and ultimately got them removed, has been arrested for drug trafficking.
Randy "Andy" Brown was arrested over the weekend according to Kentucky.com. He, along with Tammy Salyers and Stephen Salyers were reportedly all part of a lengthy drug-trafficking investigation.
Andy Brown grew up in Catlettsburg and his family owns the IGA in town. They have all three been charged with trafficking methamphetamine. They have also also been charged with trafficking a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school zone, possession of a controlled substance. and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Andy Brown is a recent elect to the city's town council and made news with us last month when he spoke out against the placement of Blue Lives Matter Punisher decals on patrol vehicles. The city ultimately had the logos removed off of their 2013 and 2017 Ford Interceptor sedans and sport utility vehicles, despite wide support for them and the reported low cost.
Chief Logan defended the decals, saying, "“That design is basically to give back to the police officers. Our lives matter just as much as anybody’s. … I’m not racist or anything like that, I’m not trying to stir anything up like that. I consider it to be a ‘warrior logo.’ Just ’cause it has ‘Blue Lives Matter’ on the hood, all lives matter. That decal represents that we will take any means necessary to keep our community safe.”
Brown argued that we only need to look as far as the [justified] shooting of Keith Scott to see how police mistreat others. "I don’t see why they’d waste the money, honestly,” said Andy Brown. “My main objective is to make sure the taxpayers’ money is used in the most efficient way possible. It wasn’t expensive, but still. If it’s something they feel strongly about, they’re risking their lives and I understand that. I just think it’s a little bit strange. There’s been a lot of people mistreated by police, and their lives matter, too, like that guy in North Carolina.”
The city did remove the decals over concerns about the Punisher logo, but not without fierce defense from residents who hope that Kentucky will soon embrace the "Blue Lives Matter Movement."
One resident, Daniel Ray, 63, and a Cattletsburg native, had a lot to say about the matter. “I think everybody should be out there supporting their police and their community. They’re out there putting their lives on the line every day. They get little gratitude for that already, and when we have silly people who challenge them and wonder what’s going to happen, what do you expect is going to happen? We shouldn’t be challenging our police officers. We should be supporting them.”
Now those same residents are left gawking at the councilman's fall from glory. According to police, detectives made several undercover drug purchases from inside and outside of a home that belonged to Brown.
Andy Brown is scheduled to be arraigned on March 27.