Remove the Thin Blue Line from Kings Highway
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In 2016, in the wake of the shootings of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Keith Scott, and 255 other black people committed by police officers who almost all walk free today, Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger of Middletown, NJ decided it'd be a good idea to place a blue line between the yellow dividers on Kings Highway in support of police officers, and in direct opposition to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Four years later, and this problem has not gone away. Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, David McAtee, George Floyd, and 572 other people, many of whom unarmed and of color, were killed by police officers just this year. Demonstrations are occurring all across the country to stop these killings. Meanwhile, on our town's most historic street, we have a symbol honoring the police. There is a clear systemic problem with American policing, and our town has a conspicuous, massive symbol honoring it.
It's time we demand Mayor Tony Perry and the Middletown Township Committee take down the Thin Blue Line. In a town where the ACLU expressed concerns publicly about our biggest school, it is the time to right our wrongs from 2016 and erase the Thin Blue Line.
Here is the link to contact the Middletown Township Council: https://www.middletownnj.org/FormCenter/Contact-4/Contact-Us-43
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