Portland, OR - A social justice warrior complained about a Portland Fire EMT wearing a "Blue Lives Matter" patch, resulting in Fire Chief Mike Meyers caving to political pressure and lashing out at the EMT. However, what the Chief failed to investigate before attacking his employee was that the EMT wasn't wearing a Blue Lives Matter patch, or even a law enforcement specific patch at all.
Allan Brettman with OregonLive reports that in response to the EMT wearing the "Blue Lives Matter" patch, Chief Meyers responded, "That is unacceptable and not appropriate."
Chief Meyers went on to say that it damages the bureaus reputation, "That damage is extremely difficult to fix. That sends the message that out of all the things we do - the do-no harm, the firefighters are always ready, we'll be there all the time - we put something like that on and you make a statement to another group that we're taking a side? That has a long-term damage for us. I just want to make absolutely sure we understand every step of the way how we're viewed."
However, the "Blue Lives Matter" patch that the EMT wore is not a Blue Lives Matter patch. THIS is a Blue Lives Matter logo. THIS is an American law enforcement flag. And THIS is an American First Responders flag, which is what the medic was wearing and has never (besides this story,) been featured on Blue Lives Matter.
We expect the extremist nutjobs to intentionally misrepresent the facts, but not the city's Fire Chief.
The Fire Chief went on to say that protests are the "new normal" and his employees need to be aware of "the political environment we're in today." That's a politically correct way of saying that they can't be seen supporting law enforcement, who are viewed as enemies by extremist social justice warriors.
Portland Fire & Rescue is packed full of good men and women who do awesome work, but I can think of one of them who shouldn't be in their position, and it's not the EMT.
Do you think that a city administrator like Chief Mike Meyers should be allowed to speak out against employees who support other city employees? We'd like to hear what you think. Please let us know your thoughts in the comments.