Philly Family Court officer caught ripping down Black Lives Matter signs, yelling ‘they don’t!’

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Over the weekend, a video went up online purporting to show a white male ripping down Black Lives Matter posters and art that were put up along a chainlink fence just outside of a Philadelphia community center. In the video, the man says that his tax dollars “pay for” the fence, which gives him the right to pull down the artwork … put up on the fence by other people whose tax dollars pay for that fence. The circular logic of a racist never ceases to amaze. “My taxes pay for this place. So I can do whatever I want.”

Besides not being a true thing to say, it’s also a dumb thing to say. In fact, one might even say it shows that this man’s brain is filled with lots of dumb things to say. The person filming says they live in the area this stupid, anger-filled man has decided that he has full control over. The person in the video says “Black Lives Matter,” to which the man replies: “Not to me they don’t.” Unfortunately for this ignorant man, people online were able to identify him as a Philadelphia Family Court supervisor. Now 61-year-old Michael Henkel is out of a job. Thoughts and prayers.

That same Twitter reporter then did some snooping into things.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Henkel’s job disappeared on Monday after he was identified as the man who apparently owns all of Philadelphia’s fences. Family Court spokesperson Marty O’Rourke told the paper that Henkel had been terminated, having violated “multiple” codes of conduct and nondiscrimination policies. “The Court takes the incident very seriously and believes Mr. Henkel’s behavior as shown in the video is egregious and totally unacceptable for an employee of the Courts.”

Henkel has reportedly worked for the city since 1992 and made just over $70,000 a year in salary. That Henkel’s job was making sure that everyone connected to Family Court proceedings was informed about court dates and other important information in a city where almost half the population is Black is an affront to everything people fighting for racial equality stand for. And while Mr. Henkel’s mind may not be changed, and the thick skull from which his dumb ideas come may not be penetrated by this new turn of events, the city has a chance to hire someone who does care about people’s lives. They should also begin reviewing his case log—it’ll be a lot of work, but it’s the least we can do. The least.

The children’s posters and signs that Henkel was filmed tearing down were a part of a children’s peaceful protest on Friday calling for the end of police presence in public schools.

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10 Comments on "Philly Family Court officer caught ripping down Black Lives Matter signs, yelling ‘they don’t!’"

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Debra
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Debra

Racist POS. Until these assholes are charged they will continue to be racist POS. The same goes for the Karen’s. They need to be charged with making a false police report. Until that happens they will continue to call the cops on POC. I’m tired of all this racist bullshit.

chris whitley
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chris whitley

Good riddance for a bad actor. Got one more to go up in Washington.

Dave
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Dave
The actions of this individual are disgusting, it is career suicide to attack an issue that is front and center at this time and not have any repercussions, anyone who does this reaps what they sow as it were, for him to do what he was filmed doing is reprehensible and he got exactly what he deserved, there are way too many white privileged people who do not consider their fellow man or woman and if you have any doubt just look up a former presidents speech (JFK) you know the speech that references that we all breath the same… Read more »
Joan Cureton
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Joan Cureton

I love it, “career suicide”.
He, like many arrogant racist, believe that they’re untouchable and can say and do what they want. There’s no way anyone like this can work in the public sector. It’s good that these racist are bring exposed because they’re wearing masks, yet very dangerous and harbor hatred for the people that depend on them.

Caroline Walcot
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Caroline Walcot

It is truly extraordinary how some people utterly fail to draw lessons from current events. Michael G Henkel should have guessed in advance that his gesture of removing signs put up by children would draw public anger. And signs protesting against police in schools is so obviously NOT the same as “Black Lives Matter” in the eyes of children, who do not connect up the dots. Henkel, you’ve had your last job. Now you are on pension.

Robert Burnett
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Robert Burnett

Keep the cell phones and media postings going. Let’s get rid of these racist bigots. And really don’t care if the starve.

John Johnson
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John Johnson

JUST ANOTHER AS$HOLE!!

John Johnson
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John Johnson

Somebody should have walked that old man behind the woodshed and had a few words with him!…AS$HOLE

Independent
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Independent

Very few of these people will change. They know inevitably America will not be a majority white nation and they are scared to death and I fear there will be a lot of troubles before it ends

Joan Cureton
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Joan Cureton
I’m so glad that these nutjob racist are so blatant with their racism. Each time that they pull one of their antics, the workforce don’t play and stick it to their a$$e$. I love it. I can see him now. HR: “Mr. Henkel! What in the world is this about?” Mr. Henkel: HR: “Turn in your keys. Security will escort you out of the building. Mr. Henkel: “Can I get my things? No. We’ll have someone pack up your cactus plant, coffee mug, bobble head, dental floss, eye drops, and mail them all to you. And we’ll get back with… Read more »