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Nyack Mayor Post On 'Blue Lives Matter' Flags At Parade Sparks Controversy

Nyack Mayor Jen White
Nyack Mayor Jen White Photo Credit: Village of Nyack

NYACK, N.Y. -- It didn't take long for a monumental backlash to take place online after Nyack Mayor Jen White attacked "Blue Lives Matter," on Facebook on Saturday, June 3, for being at an African-American Day parade in Nyack.

White, who has not responded to numerous phone calls or emails from Daily Voice, said in the post that flying the flags was a "provocative and angry" gesture. She also said it was "petty and embarrassing" for "these men" to fly these flags.

The "flags" flown were American flags with a blue stripe that were created after the assassination of two NYPD officers in 2014, said Rockland County Executive Ed Day.

"The day we ascribe "divisiveness and provocation" to the notion that the lives of the guardians of our society - our cops - matters, we may as well roll up the tent as anarchy will prevail," said Day, who was at the parade, on Facebook.

White told News12 she has received death threats and negative attacks after her post. She has since made her page private.

She added that she thought the flag fliers were taunting the parade-goers with their flags, said News12.

But Day said there were no issues and no one made any objections: "While I respect Mayor White, I believe she was way out of bounds on this post. The Blue Lives Matters flag was a U.S. Flag with one blue line through it. Our flag is now a 'provocative and angry' gesture? Seriously? Maybe a fact check should be done before an elected official speaks to something they know nothing of...," Day wrote on Facebook.

In addition to Day, other the Rockland County Patrolmen's Benevolent Association has blasted the mayor for her post.

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