Apex police officer tells neighbor he was ‘appalled’ by his family’s Christmas card with the Black Lives Matter protest


APEX, North Carolina (WTVD) – An Apex mother, who is also the director of the Wake County Public School System, was appalled by the response she received from a neighbor, who happened to be a police officer in ‘Apex, on the Christmas card she sent out this year, Lori Nelson said it’s supposed to bring joy.
She was therefore taken aback by the reaction of the policeman who lives next door, the reaction being in response to one of the photos on her card. It presents 11 family photos and offers a one-year review.

There are snapshots of trips to the mountains, the beach and Washington DC And one of the photos was of a Black Lives Matter protest she took her kids to this year, to show them what it means to fight. for justice.

But Nelson says an Apex cop living next door sent a text message after receiving the holiday greeting.

“I can’t believe someone, a leader in my community, would write this to me,” she said. “Most worrying was when he said he wouldn’t put up with this anymore. ”

The officer reportedly wrote that he was “appalled” that the image was sent to him and that he “finds it very hard to believe” that an “upper middle class white family living in the suburbs has any clue. about the problem outside of what you watch on the news. ”

The text message also reads, “I tolerated neighborhood signs slapping me.”

Nelson provided a copy of the text message to ABC11.

Nelson said the neighborhood signs he was referring to were Black Lives Matter posters.

She feels her message highlights a bigger problem.

“There is a cultural problem in our police department. If he was feeling good send a response like that, then that’s the culture of his work environment, ”she said.

Nelson went to the police and said the administrators were calming her down.

“At one point it was, ‘Mrs. Nelson, are you sure you’re just not stressed out about her job? Or have you ever had a bad interaction with the police, ”she said.

Apex Deputy Police Chief Mitch McKinney said the department was aware of the incident and stressed that there was an internal investigation into the personal matter.

Nelson is pushing for the police department to undertake a cultural assessment in hopes of improving relationships.

“I hope that as a community we can come together and say ‘Hey we have some really good officers trying to do a great job but we also have a problem and we need to fix it’”, a- she declared.

Nelson will address the incident in person at Apex’s city council meeting on Tuesday.

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