April Burch, a member of the Park Board in Boone, has garnered some attention before. And she is at it again.
Burch allegedly sent an email to Boone police chief John Wiebold and mayor John Slight. She started out saying she isn’t sure if they would “hear” her regarding what she’s about to say, but feels it needs to be said.
“If the Boone PD has any hope or desire of appearing unbiased or anti-racist, having the Rasmussen Blue Lives Matter booth set up right by the police station in conjunction with Shop With a Cop/Coffee with a Cop on Juneteenth sends a message that I believe appears to be deeply racist,” Burch wrote in the alleged email.
“I believe that a lot of the Blue Lives Matter supporters are outspokenly and publicly against Black Lives Matter. I have witnessed this firsthand. One only needs to view their public Facebook posts to see the same,” she continued. “The only difference between the two slogans is the word *black* and there is no such thing as a ‘blue life’ unless we’re talking about Smurfs or the Na’vi (which are both fictional). It’s a blue uniform that can come off at any time, not a life.”
Burch said the association between the Boone PD and a Blue Lives Matter booth is “not good” for the police department or the community.
She asked that it “please stop.”
There was also a post that was later taken down where Burch said the Blue Lives Matter booth being set up on Juneteenth is one of the “most disgusting and offensive things” she has seen the individuals responsible for the booth do.
“Please, if you consider yourself to be ‘anti-racist’ please take this opportunity to contact the (couple responsible for the booth), the Boone Police Department to educate them on how unkind and disrespectful you think it is to do this on Juneteenth and ask the Dutch Oven to not let this happen in their parking lot,” Burch wrote.