“You have the right to remain silent”

 
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  • "You have the right to remain silent"

    This cartoon by Chris Britt published on 31 August in the local Schenectady (New York) newspaper The Daily Gazette of Schenectady (New York), shows a police officer pointing and shooting a black person in the back while saying:

    “You have the right to remain silent”.

    The image angered the group Blue Lives Matter of Upstate New York, an organisation that supports law enforcement, which staged a 10-person walkout in front of the Upstate New York City a demonstration 10 people in front of the newspaper’s offices. Newspaper officials met with the protesters to hear their complaints.

    From the Daily Gazette the cartoonist was supported. The editor of the newspaper Reed Miles, defended the publication of the cartoon:

    The Daily Gazette endorses the publication on 31 August of an editorial cartoon based on the shooting of Jacob Blake by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

    We regret that some readers were upset by the cartoon, but we believe it was a valid comment.

    Communities across the country are having a moment of reckoning over racial injustice and many other related issues. The recent shootings in Wisconsin and, more importantly, the aftermath, are part of that reckoning.

    It is not our goal to upset people or disparage good police officers or their supporters, but to reflect how some in our community feel.

    First and foremost, the opinion page is just what its name suggests: an opinion page. We believe strongly in our commitment to publish a wide range of views on all kinds of issues, locally, nationally and internationally. This includes editorials, opinion columns, letters to the editor and political cartoons.

    We have been criticised before for publishing cartoons with a more pro-police point of view.

    We understand that the views expressed or the way they are expressed may be distasteful to some readers, but we do our best to give everyone a chance to have their say.”

    "You have the right to remain silent"Humour in trouble, a collection of cases (III)
    Cases of cartoonists who have had problems of some importance because of their cartoons or satirical illustrations. There are also some stories of other people who, without being cartoonists, have got into trouble for sharing them.


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