San Francisco Police Department reached out to the community with a “Ice Cream with a Cop” event, but Black Lives Matters protesters disrupted the event and targeted the business involved.
Joe’s Ice Cream in San Francisco’s Inner Richmond District hosted the event that promised a “free single scoop of ice cream courtesy of the SFPD” and a chance to “meet & chat with community SFPD officers.”
Alice Kim, the owner of Joe’s Ice Cream, said she was not expecting the intense backlash as she has hosted several events at her shop before including school fundraisers and weddings.
Kim explained, “People started lining up at 12:30 and police were giving stickers to kids…Some people came and reported incidents to police, but then we heard loud music and people shouting through a megaphone. We couldn’t understand because it was so loud.”
“The customers were scared, kids were crying and I don’t think they posted all of that,” Kim said, referring to to Instagram video below.
Alice Kim and her husband immigrated to San Francisco from Korea in 2006 and said they did not understand what the protesters were saying due to a language barrier.
“We didn’t understand the terms they used and what was going on,” Kim said. “If we understood better we can react better, but no one explained it to us and we don’t understand what that means. We can’t properly react.”
One of the terms Kim is referencing is ‘copaganda’.
“Ultimately, the power of so-called ‘copaganda’ comes from the way it shapes people’s perception of crime, public safety, and potential solutions to societal issues,” Supervisor Dean Preston said. “Our city departments’ press units should be used to share factual information, not to sensationalize and spin crime data, undermine police oversight, or normalize racial disparities in use of force against people of color within our city.”
The Kim family has received death threats for hosting the event and does not plan on hosting any similar events in the future.
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