The vote in Hopewell Township was unanimous: one police officer was to be fired and the other demoted from Sergeant. Their supposed crime was to for officer Sara Irwin to call Black Lives Matter demonstrators “terrorists” in a Facebook post and Sgt. Mandy Gray for responding to the post.
In June 2020, Sara Irwin wrote on Facebook, “Last night as I left for work I had my two kids crying for me not to go to work,” according to NJ.com. It was posted during the height of riots and protests that followed the death of George Floyd.
“I don’t think I’ve ever felt the way I did last night. And then I watched people I know and others I care about going into harms way. I love my police family like my own. So when you share posts and things on Facebook I’d really appreciate if you’d THINK before doing so. I’ve seen so many black lives matter hashtags in these posts. Just to let you know—they are terrorists. They hate me. They hate my uniform. They don’t care if I die,” she added.
Sara Erwin and Sgt. Mandy Gray, both have been serving as public servants for over 20 years, are have been serving a 6-month-suspension, Washington Examiner reported.
During the suspension, Sara Erwin has been fired from Hopewell Township, and Sgt. Mandy Gray has been demoted.
Gray was the first female officer hired in Hopewell Township. However, the demotion would cause her to lose her current position as a sergeant, which she was promoted to in 2019.
Erwin was popular in the Hopewell Valley community, serving as a DARE officer in the school system, and was featured several times on the police department’s Facebook page for giving safety speeches and making other appearances and presentations for the department.
Erwin was featured a few times on the police department’s Facebook page delivering safety speeches and other appearances and presentations while serving as a DARE officer in the school system. She was quite well-known in the Hopewell Valley community.
Erwin and Gray plan to take their case to a Superior Court, citing First Amendment concerns.
The two officers’ counsel, Frank Crivelli, called the town’s action “disgraceful” and show “cowardice.” He went on to say that the decision was made on two public employees who had “absolutely no disciplinary history.”
Black Lives Matter, a group that claims to fight police brutality and racial injustice, has led countless protests across the country following the police-involved deaths of black people. Many of those protests have turned violent.
One of the BLM co-founders, Patrisse Cullors, has admitted that they subscribe to Karl Marx’s ideology.
President Donald Trump, on Monday, Aug. 31, criticized Black Lives Matter, calling it a “marxist organization” that is “bad for everybody.”
“Black Lives Matter is a Marxist organization,” the president said during an interview on Fox’s “The Ingraham Angle.” “You remember [them chanting] ‘Pigs in a blanket, fry them like bacon’ [in 2015].
“That was the first time I ever heard of Black Lives Matter. I said, ‘that’s a terrible name, it’s so discriminatory.’ It’s bad for black people, it’s bad for everybody and all of a sudden it becomes like sort of—although now if you look, it’s gone way down because people are tired of this stuff, what’s going on,” he added.