Doesn’t exist in Hopewell Township, NJ.
Blacklists are back and the Dems’ have got ’em: A New Jersey policewoman, Sara Erwin, has been fired by her local township, Hopewell Township, because she strongly criticized the violent and Marxist organization Black Lives Matter, noting that the riots they had instigated last year after the death of George Floyd made them “terrorists.”
For expressing support for Erwin’s comments, Hopewell township also demoted and suspended another female cop, Mandy Grey, as well as punished five other of its employees for expressing support for Erwin’s post.
Six township employees, including five members of the police department, were put on leave for appearing to support Erwin’s post, The Trentonian reported in June.
Hopewell Township Police Chief Lance Maloney, who has since retired, declined to identify the employees at the time, but a source identified them as Grey, Detective Mark Panzano, Officers Erwin and John Ferner, dispatcher Gregory Peck and public works truck driver Steve Harbat, the newspaper reported.
Their crime? This is what Erwin had written that they had endorsed:
While writing under the username Sara Elizabeth on Facebook, Erwin said her children were crying for her not to go to work on June 8 — two weeks after George Floyd’s police-custody death in Minneapolis sparked heated protests nationwide. “I don’t think I’ve ever felt the way I did last night,” Erwin’s post read. “And then I watched people I know and others I care about going into harms way. I love police family like my own.”
Erwin then asked others to “think” before sharing posts on the social media platform. “I’ve seen so many black lives matter hashtags in these posts,” the post continued. “Just to let you know – they are terrorists. They hate me. They hate my uniform. They don’t care if I die.”
This was apparently done on her private account, and during her own time using a pseudonym. But then, the first amendment no longer exists in Hopewell Township. She and the other six individuals all committed the terrible crime of speaking the truth about the riots and looting last year, many of which were organized under the banner of the Black Lives Matter organization. Stating these facts can no longer be allowed.
The police officers, both of whom had been working on the force in Hopewell for more than 20 years, are suing the Township.
You, the general public, might also want to contact the township’s mayor (Julie Blake), the deputy mayor (Courtney Peters-Manning), and the three members of governing committee (Kevin Kuchinski, Kristin McLaughlin, and Michael Ruger), and tell them what you think of their Stalinist tactics. You can find their contact information here.
While I hope the police officers win big in court, I think it more important that the voters throw all five of these petty dictators out of office come election time. Blake is up for re-election this year, while the others face re-election either in ’22 or ’23. This is New Jersey, however, so I suspect most of the township’s population is cheering this blackballing. Freedom of speech must not be allowed in that Democratic Party-controlled fascist state. Somebody might learn something!