A New York City teacher has been fired after suggesting officers flooding the streets during the funeral of fallen NYPD Detective Jason Rivera could be the target of “reciprocity” for an incident in 2020 involving an NYPD SUV and Black Lives Matter protesters.
Chris Flanigan, a teacher at Coney Island Prep, was terminated over a since-deleted Instagram post mentioning the date when a police SUV drove into a crowd of protesters. His post suggested that the crowds of police gathered to honor their fallen colleague could be “ideal conditions for reciprocity.”
Flanigan captioned the image of officers showing support during Rivera’s funeral with the following: “5/30/20: NYPD SUV drives into a crowd of protestors. Ideal conditions for reciprocity.”
“We do not condone or promote violence of any sort. As of this afternoon, Mr. Flanigan is no longer employed at Coney Island Prep,” CEO Leslie-Bernard Joseph said in a statement to the New York Post.
Detective Rivera was shot in the head while he and his partner, Officer Wilbert Mora, were responding to a domestic violence call. Mora died several days later.
The teacher fired for suggesting violence against police officers in NYC insists that his words were simply “misconstrued.”
“I respect the NYPD. I do not condone violence,” he insisted according to the Post. “A 22-year-old police officer murdered in the line of duty is reprehensible. I’m devastated by that.”
After the incident in which Flanigan suggests “reciprocity,” even then-NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio defended the officers in the SUV.
“It is inappropriate for protestors to surround a police vehicle and threaten police officers,” de Blasio said. “That’s wrong on its face and that hasn’t happened in the history of protests in this city.”
Flanigan was profiled by NY1 News in the summer of 2020 for playing his guitar through an open window in his apartment as a tribute to first responders.
In the profile, Flanigan reveals that he is not only a full-time teacher but also a “part-time therapist.”
The NYC teacher says he “feels solidarity with the Black Lives Matter demonstrators” and had recently added Rage Against the Machine’s ‘Killing in the Name’ to his song list.
The song is an anti-cop anthem that equates police officers to KKK members and describes a revolution that needs to be waged against authorities in order to end their abuse of power.
Rivera’s widow, Dominique Luzuriaga Rivera, delivered a heartwrenching eulogy last week in which she specifically called out new Democrat Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg and his lax policies toward criminals.
“The system continues to fail us. We are not safe anymore, not even the members of the service,” she decried. “I know you were tired of these laws, especially the ones from the new DA.”
“I hope he’s watching you speak through me right now.”
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