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NJ Councilman Causes Uproar Over Post Aimed At Police

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Franklin Borough, New Jersey (My9NJ) -

An elected official from Franklin Borough in Sussex County, New Jersey has caused a big uproar with his Facebook page. Councilman David Fanale posted a picture of Calvin from classic comic strip Calvin and Hobbes urinating on what’s become a symbol of police sacrifice. Police don’t think this incident is funny at all.

Nevin Mattessich, the FOP Lodge 57 President, discussed this latest controversy. “I’ve had widows who’ve lost their husbands who are officers in the line of duty. I’ve had family members who’ve lost their sons and daughters in the line of duty who’ve contacted me to express how upset they were,” he explained.

Fanale did take the picture off of his Facebook page saying he never intended to insult the families or the memories of fallen police officers. However, he did replace it with a comedic picture from the TV series “Reno 911.” He says that his anger at police stems from an incident with the Roxbury police department.

“This entire incident they swept it under the carpet. They didn’t even interview Terry, my fiancé, or myself and they just said there’s not enough evidence here to support your accusations. So I’m making noise now and drawing attention and I’m not going to stop until these guys are held accountable,” he said.

Now local police have no problem with a citizen expressing his first amendment right to say whatever he or she wants to say. They say the problem however is that Fanale is a Councilman and he ought to hold himself to a higher standard.

“Mr. Fanale took an oath to be impartial, to be fair and to technically work with us and try to make Franklin better. What he’s done here is he’s gained a tremendous amount of unnecessary attention and he’s actually taking away from the Borough of Franklin,” Mattessich said.

Fanale now says that he doesn’t care about votes or getting re-elected. He thinks police in the U.S. don’t often obey the laws themselves that they’re responsible for enforcing.

“These people are no different than terrorists. They are effectively terrorists and they’re no different than terrorists that will threaten to kill a reporter for publishing an image of the Prophet Muhammad,” he said.

So the question remains, is Councilman Fanale overstepping his position as a councilman or as a citizen? Or do police need further oversight across the board?

 

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