New York school teacher records himself saying ‘F*** police’ at BLM protest
A ninth-grade school teacher and assistant principal who participated in protests against police in Rochester, NY is under fire for posting a video of himself saying “F*** the police” on Facebook Live.
“Steven Lysenko, a ninth-grade teacher at Spencerport High School,” says the U.K.’s Daily Mail, “posted the clip on Facebook Live amid ongoing demonstrations over the death of black man Daniel Prude, who lost consciousness after police held a hood over his head.”
Police responded to calls from Prude’s brother and found him naked and non-compliant in the street outside his home. Prude, who apparently had a history of mental illness had also allegedly ingested PCP, was spitting at police, and was fitted with a “spitting hood” before he died in March.
“The Monroe County medical examiner listed the manner of death as homicide caused by ‘complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint.’ The report cited excited delirium and acute intoxication by phencyclidine, or PCP, as contributing factors,” says the Daily Mail.
Previously, the police had been cleared by an internal review of any wrongdoing in Prude’s death. But the family demanded the release of the video from the arrest.
Lysenko has posted other content on social media, upbraiding current and former students for disagreeing with him politically saying, “To any students — past or present — who follow me here: know that when you post ‘#WhiteLivesMatter, you are condoning White Supremacy. In that I will not abide!”
As an assistant principal, Lysenko traditionally would be responsible for disciplinary matters at school.
“After the footage [of Lysenko] went viral over the weekend the school district posted to Twitter Saturday to apologize and say it ‘will be addressed as a confidential, personnel matter,’” says the Daily Mail.
But the school district didn’t go out of its way to distance itself from Lysenko, saying that it “stands in solidarity in support of racial equality and systemic change,” but said nothing in support of the cops who protect the schools.
One Twitter user asked how many kids of law enforcement officers might be alienated by such a video from a person in authority at the school.
“Mr Lysenko, while trying to be some sort of activist, has actually alienated those students in your district who just so happen to have police as parents. ‘F the Police?’ I’m sure you have many righteous tax paying officers in your district who will cross paths with Mr Lysenko,” the user said.
Supporters of Lysenko have collected 3,500 signatures in defense of the New York teacher.
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