The leader of a Boston teachers' union recently came under fire for encouraging public school teachers to wear "Black Lives Matter" apparel into the classrooms.
The Boston Police Patrolmen's Union condemned the teacher demonstration, arguing that BLM activists make law enforcement officers less safe.
"Policing has always been a dangerous profession," wrote union president Michael Leary in a February 3 letter, "but groups like Black Lives Matter, by inaccurately demonizing police as racists who kill innocent people, have made policing more dangerous than ever before."
Emery McClendon of Project 21 agrees. "One of the biggest things that concerns police organizations and people in the criminal justice system is the anti-police status that Black Lives Matter has taken over the years," he tells OneNewsNow.
According to Breitbart, Leary says BLM has labeled police officers as "racist" who target "innocent people." That, says McClendon, is a dangerous trend.
"What it's doing is setting up an example with kids that it's okay to protest against police officers, it's okay to call police officers names," he describes.
The Boston branch of the NAACP drafted a letter in support of Boston teachers who participated in the demonstration, stating their belief that the BLM movement "is a reflection of the historical mistreatment of black and brown people in this country" by both law enforcement and the culture.