A black Mississippi police chief has caused somewhat of a stir by putting the slogan “All Lives Matter” on the back of his department’s patrol cars. He paid for the slogan to be affixed to the cars with his own money.
Edwards, Mississippi, Police Chief Torrence Mayfield decided to put the slogan on the cars following the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, and the shootings of the police officers in Dallas, San Diego, and Baton Rouge, according to MS News Now.
The chief said it should not just be about one race, or even just that police lives matter. “Hispanic, Muslim, Jewish — all lives should matter and nothing warrants police officers’ lives lost,” he explained. “We want this to resonate far and abroad. Everywhere. All communities should embrace this.”
The police chief said he had the support of all of his officers before applying the slogan. Since adding the slogan to the patrol cars, Mayfield said the community’s support has been there as well.
“‘Blue Lives Matter’ is not going to be welcome by everyone and neither is ‘Black Lives Matter’,” the chief told the local news outlet. “You are not going to be able to please everyone, but 100% of my officers completely agreed, the Mayor agreed and everyone has absolutely loved it.”
Across the nation, other departments have branded their patrol cars with the United States motto, “In God We Trust.” In Texas, Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra told Breitbart Texas, “I saw it as more of a sign of solidarity with all law enforcement. It was to help more toward unifying all our brothers in blue, a message that says we all stand united.”