Police chief apologizes for Facebook post addressing protest
By Ashley Haynes
GERMANTOWN — Police Chief Mike Snow issued a Facebook apology just a few hours after he made an initial post expressing frustration with a sign a protester held at a Saturday march.
According to the first post, officers were tasked with providing security for a march that started at Germantown High School, W180-N11501 N. River Lane, Saturday and ended at the police department, N112-W16877 Mequon Road.
Snow said one of the protesters held a large sign that said “ACAB,” which stands for “All Police Officers Are [expletives].”
“I do think the intent of the organizers was to conduct a peaceful demonstration,” Snow wrote. “I simply do not understand why a sign was carried that was clearly intended to create a divide and degrade an entire profession. The entire narrative on ‘police brutality’ is one I am happy to debate with anyone.”
Snow told Conley Media Monday that no officer approached the protester who was holding the sign.
He added that despite this sign, Germantown officers conducted themselves professionally. He said the officers have thick skins and he realizes the ACAB mentality does not represent the protesters as a whole.
That initial post was shared over 100 times by Tuesday afternoon.
Snow later issued an apology shortly after 5 p.m. regarding the post saying he broke a “cardinal rule” taught to him by the last chief of police — never post angry.
“I was called out by many and you were correct, I missed an opportunity,” Snow said. “For that I am sorry and I do apologize. One of our followers pointed out I created a divide and it was my job to make it right. I listened Saturday and was impacted. I was impressed by the people who organized the event and understand their motives were genuine.”
He explained that he worries about police and the future of the profession and the sign seemed to represent a “trend sweeping the country.”
He ended his second post by saying anyone who is willing to move forward in the discussion surrounding police and the recent protests against police brutality should reach out directly to him.
“We are open to anything, the public thinks will move discussions forward,” Snow told Conley Media Monday. “There are different perspectives and I think community members understanding more about how we operate will improve things. We already have our Citizens Police Academy but that has been put on hold due to COVID. I’m sure that may impact gatherings for the foreseeable future.”