A teenage girl has been subjected to online harassment after saying that Blue Lives Matter in her emotional tribute to her deceased police father.
18-year-old Savannah Chavez took to social media to pay a tribute to her 39-year-old dad, Officer Ismael Chavez, after he was fatally shot while responding to a domestic violence report in McAllen, Texas.
“Words cannot describe the pain I’m in, but I’m glad my dad is at peace. You were an amazing man and anyone who ever came across you knew that,” the girl wrote in her post.
“I’m going to miss you so much. You died doing what you loved most, you died a hero. I love you daddy, see you soon. #bluelivesmatter”
While some people sympathized with the teen, others were quick to slam her for suggesting that blue lives matter and accused her of using a racist hashtag.
“Blue lives matter was literally created in response to and to undermine black lives matter. There’s no other connotation unfortunately,” one person wrote.
“Being a cop is a choice. Lmao and last time I checked, blue people don’t exist. Maybe educate yourself?” another one suggested.
One person wrote: “I know the absolute pain of losing a parent. I was 11 when my dad died. It almost destroyed me. But #bluelivesmatter is bullshit because it’s a badge and a uniform. It can be taken off. Becoming a cop is a CHOICE. All lives can’t matter until #blacklivesmatter.”
Following a backlash, Savannah decided to remove her post altogether.
Defending the girl’s tribute was her cousin, Mia, who told people harassing the grieving daughter to “go to f***ing he**.”
“This man was the most loving and caring person anyone could meet. It’s pathetic how people can be so unsympathetic to a girl that is trying to commemorate her father,” Mia wrote.
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