- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Upset by the indictment of six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, members of the city’s Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 have launched a #MyLifeMatters campaign on Twitter.

Men and women in uniform, many with their badges in plain sight, started uploading photos of themselves with “My Life Matters” written on the palms of their hands.

The campaign was met with mixed reactions online, with critics accusing the officers of putting their own lives before others’.

“Your life has always mattered more than mine,” wrote one Twitter user.

“Civilian life matters more. You chose that line of profession. You’re meant to serve n protect civilians. You scared? UPS is hiring,” wrote another.

The liberal Daily Kos blog called the police union “tone deaf” and pointed out that none of the officers charged in Gray’s death reported fearing for their lives during his arrest.

“Of the 10 most dangerous jobs in America, being a police officer is not even on the list,” blogger Shaun King wrote. “Yet they’d have us believe that their job is as dangerous as it gets.”

Others were more supportive of the campaign and began uploading photos of police officers participating across the country.

The police union’s president, Gene Ryan, wrote an open letter Friday to Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, declaring that the six officers charged in the Gray case were not responsible for his death.

Gray died April 19 of a spinal injury he incurred while in police custody. The Baltimore medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.


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