Richmond California Police Chief Chris Magnus drew the ire of his police union recently when he joined a rally in protest of the New York City grand jury decision to not indict the officer who killed Eric Garner and held a sign that read ” Black Lives Matter “.
Magnus was featured recently in an article in Yes Magazine by long time labor organizer and writer Steve Early which describes the incredible turnaround Magnus has been able to effect in Richmond, with both violent crime rates and police shootings of citizens down dramatically since he became Chief of Police in 2005.
Magnus’ response to a suggestion that holding the sign was controversial is priceless:
“I looked at it for a minute and realized this is actually pretty innocuous,” Magnus said. “That ‘black lives matter’ is something that I would think that we should all be able to agree upon. All lives matter.”