The Pennsylvania chapter of Black Lives Matter (BLM) crashed a police fundraiser Sunday, accusing those gathered of celebrating the killings of black people.
The Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 hosted a fundraiser, with tickets costing $40, to support an officer that fatally shot a black man, reports NBC Philadelphia.
BLM protesters and people with the Justice for David Jones Coalition stood outside the doors of the event to protest the fundraiser.
“Our dear brother David Jones,” shouted Asa Khalif, the BLM chapter’s leader. “A man that was loved by his family, his friends, and his community. You shot him in the back! And he’s dead! And now you have to deal with the consequences! Now you throw a party! You’re celebrating killing black people!”
Pownall shot Jones, a black man, in June after pulling him over for driving recklessly. Police alleged that while Pownall was patting Jones down, he felt a gun in the man’s waistband. Pownall fatally shot Jones after he ran away from the stop.
“We are we celebrating a murderer,” protestor Isaac Gardner said. “It’s a slap in the face to everyone, especially the taxpayers, that you have cops out here protecting a party from people protesting a killer.”
Pownall has since been suspended with the intention to be fired, the police commissioner announced previously, citing policy violations on Pownall’s part.
Black Lives Matter Pennsylvania also protested outside Pownall’s house last month and interrupted a children’s event to protest the police shooting.
“Back up off of me. Back up off of me,” the activist told a white women who tried to interrupt his speech at the children’s event. “Because a black man was shot, I know you don’t give a damn about that. You and your white privilege.”
The police department declined to comment and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 did not return request for comment in time for publication.
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