Brittany's Beat: Hating Cops in Lynn

Coffee shop manager compares police to slave catchers

Brittany Jennings
October 19, 2017 - 10:15 am

Are cops inhuman monsters? For some cop-haters, the answer is: yes.

On the North Shore, a controversy is brewing. A Lynn coffee shop manager vows “coffee with a cop” will not be allowed at her family business. The reason? Because “cops are slave-catching murderers who shouldn’t be humanized.”

Sophie CK posted this disgusting comment on her personal Facebook page over the weekend. When challenged on Facebook, Sophie doubled down, posting, “Citizens do not need to humanize police officers, police officers need to humanize citizens particularly black citizens which they seem to struggle with doing considering they keep murdering them.”

This anti-police rhetoric stems from Obama’s demonization of law enforcement, beginning with his infamous statement blaming the Cambridge police over their confrontation with his buddy, Prof. Gates.

“The Cambridge Police acted stupidly,” Obama thundered. He said this without knowing any of the facts. His rhetoric only served to needlessly enflame the situation and cast police officers as racists.

Moreover, professional athletes, such as Colin Kaepernick, followed the lead of Obama protesting alleged police brutality. Celebrities like Beyonce also joined in the chorus of cop bashing, performing in a Black Panther costume at the Super Bowl. Meanwhile, many millennial Bernie Sanders supporters believe that all cops are murderers.

Hence, Sophie’s sick, twisted views are not outside of the mainstream. They are typical for many on the rabid progressive left.

Yet, this police hatred needs to end. It has gone on for far too long. Cops are not the enemy. They are the ones who protect us—including Sophie. This anti-police rhetoric ultimately only hurts the Lynn community.

Little Sophie is out of line with her attack on the Lynn police and police departments in general. Many police departments, including Lynn’s, are understaffed in over-populated neighborhoods and in high crime areas.

The White Rose Coffeehouse is owned by Kato Mele, Sophie’s mom. Given that, Mele has a PR nightmare on her hands. She acted swiftly and fired her daughter. Good for the mom.

Mele wrote in a letter to the Lynn police, “We do not share any of the views expressed and are proud and grateful to all law enforcement for their strength and brave disregard to their personal safety that they risk every single day which allows us to live, work and worship in a sometimes hostile world.”

Police Chief Michael Mageary said in the Lynn Item newspaper, “We will continue to do our job every day. My sense is most officers will avoid the establishment, but that is their choice.”

On Facebook, Sophie apologized, saying, “I should have used better judgment in my previous post. Our business has received a lot of flack for my personal statements and for that I am deeply regretful. I do apologize particularly to my mother who has done nothing but work tirelessly to make this business successful for our family.”

Well, under the First Amendment, Sophie can say anything she wants, even if it's offensive and the Lynn Police Department has every right to be offended by it. Lynn police officers don’t have to buy coffee at that establishment anymore nor do any other Lynn residents. Maybe next time, Sophie will think of the consequences before she rants on Facebook.

Perhaps Sophie should come out of her safe space and go on a ride-along with the Lynn police on a weekend after midnight. Then maybe she will think differently about the cops and the job they do.

-Brittany Jennings is Executive Producer of “The Kuhner Report” on WRKO AM-680 in Boston.

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