Marcell Salters, a Philadelphia Fire Department paramedic, posted the above picture on Instagram with the caption “Our real enemy…need 2 stop pointing guns at each other & at the ones that’s legally killing innocents.”
Salters is paid by the city of Philadelphia and has to work on a daily basis with Philadelphia Police.
The image comes from a music video for “Hands Up” a rap song by Uncle Murda and Maino.
Salters then doubled down and said in a since-deleted Facebook post: “never did or will like police.. . .Because of what i do i have to work with them but dont have to like them,”
Mayor Michael Nutter appropriately condemned Salters calling what he did “reprehensible” and directed Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer to investigate. Salters posted the photo off duty, but If it is found that, as expected, Salters made a comment about the post while on duty he will be disciplined.
The song “Hands Up” is a response to the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, black men who died last summer at the hands of white police officers.
Brown was shot, Aug. 9, while charging Ferguson, Mo. Police Officer Darren Wilson after committing a strong-arm robbery of a convenience store
Garner died after police wrestled him to the ground when he became upset while being arrested on July 19 for selling cigarettes illegally in Staten Island, New York City.
Garner is the more sympathetic figure as his crime did not involve hurting anyone and he did not appear to be trying to hurt the arresting officers.
Still, police are not the ones who write the often stupid laws they are required to enforce and it borders on slander to say that murder — the desire to see the subject dead rather than in custody — was in the arresting officers’ hearts in either of these instances.
Through the first nine months of this year, Chester, Pa. had 24 murders with all of the victims being black. As the city’s population is but 34,000 this gave it one of the highest murder rates in the world.
On Sept.26, a massive sweep by police netted 35 men — all black — who were running a drug gang in the city.
We believe there has not been a murder in the city since.
The police are not the enemy of blacks.
Philly Paramedic Calls Police “Real Enemy”