A New York firefighter was arrested after allegedly setting fire to his own home in an apparent attempt to smear anti-police brutality activists.
Jason Stokes pleaded not guilty Tuesday to arson in connection with the August fire at his house in Endicott, reported WBNG-TV.
A family member said at the time that they believed their home was targeted because of the “Blue Lives Matter” flag flying out front.
Investigators found the message, “lie with pigs, fry like bacon,” written on some siding outside the burned home.
The slogan apparently referenced an incident from August 2015, when some demonstrators chanted, “pigs in a blanket, fry them like bacon,” during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Minnesota State Fair that was widely reported by conservative media.
Pro-police websites blamed the fire at Stokes’ home on “terrorists” associated with the civil rights group.
Prosecutors now believe the 41-year-old Stokes wrote the message to help cover up his crime, although they’re not sure why.
Why a firefighter would burn down his own home? Who knows? Insurance fraud, domestic violence, job stress as a firefighter, there are reasons. But the pre-meditated plan to blame Black Lives Matter was obviously because Stokes thought he could easily get away with it. And in other places in America, he would have. Nobody would have questioned his story.
As it is, investigators didn't charge Stokes for four months. In the meantime, while all of these angry "Blue Lives Matter" folks were running around avenging an attack on one of their own, how many black people in Broome County, New York were questioned, harassed, surveilled? How many were falsely connected to this crime? They were more than willing to call Black Lives Matter "terrorists" here in this incident.
So what happens when the next white firefighter or cop or first responder commits a crime, and blames Black Lives Matter for it when Trump's Homeland Security is in charge?
What happens when that blood runs red in the streets? Because that day is coming, and probably a lot sooner than you think.
What's to stop them? Maybe this time the actual bad guy got caught. As a black person in America, I'm betting my life on not "fitting the description of the suspect" on a daily basis. What happens when the description and scene of the crime matches me? It was bad enough before, but in the Trump era?
People are going to die. That's a fact. Another hashtag, another news story, another trial, possibly, but no justice. That I know.