'Not to me, they don't': Philadelphia court supervisor fired for tearing down Black Lives Matter signs on video
A superior of the Philadelphia Family Court was released after an online video showed him tearing off the Black Lives Matter sign and telling viewers that black lives didn't matter to him.
The video shows Michael Henkel marching on a sidewalk and tearing Black Lives Matter signs from fences and walls. If a viewer yells at him with "black life stuff", Mr. Henkel answers "not me, they don't".
The fence surrounded a public playground and was on public land. During the video, a woman outside the camera screams that the signs are not his property.
"My taxes pay for this place just so you know it. So I can do what I want ... I'm always here," says Mr. Henkel during the video to one person.
According to CNN, Mr. Henkel was released on Monday from the First Judicial District for multiple violations of the state judicial system's code of conduct and non-discrimination and equality policies.
MICHAEL HENKEL is employed at the Philadelphia Family Court in the Domestic Relations Department !! How can EVERYONE be used to work with minorities and vulnerable populations with this level of ignorance and hatred?
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"The court takes this incident very seriously and believes that Mr. Henkel's behavior shown in the video is outrageous and totally unacceptable for a court official," said Martin O'Rourke, a spokesman for the family court.
According to Mr. O'Rourke, Mr. Henkle was not involved in the decision-making process, but supervised the employees.
Mr. Henkel was not the only city worker affected by George Floyd's protests against police brutality and systemic racism. The Philadelphia Police Department captain, Lou Campione, was removed from his command Tuesday morning for protesting a statue of Christopher Columbus.
Mr. Capione was removed from his command in the 1st District of Philadelphia after his officials allowed a group of armed guards guarding the statue of Columbus to beat up a small group of demonstrators who demanded their removal. The demonstrators were attacked and forced to take to the streets.
"While we were being put into traffic, there were a number of 40 policemen who did nothing. They did nothing," said Deborah Rose, a resident of West Philadelphia, to CBS 3 Philadelphia.
Mr. Capione was downgraded after an internal investigation into his response to the encounter.
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