Police supporters urge businesses to stop advertising in Bucks County Courier Times

The Bucks County Courier Times is getting attacked for this cartoon:

- Cartoon by Chris Britt

– Cartoon by Chris Britt

The people behind a Facebook page called “Standing Up Against BCCT’s [Bucks County Courier Times] Attack on Law Enforcement” says that “it is not our intent to encourage financial harm to any business or the local economy for innocently advertising in this paper …[but] each proprietor will ultimately decide whether they are comfortable supporting the publication of this cartoon, and the subsequent gain or loss of business exercised by their clientele.”

The Bucks County Courier Times community affairs director writes:

Though we don’t know what was in the heart and mind of the award-winning syndicated cartoonist who penned the cartoon, it was selected for publication for thoughtful reflection on that relationship. It in no way was intended to indict the law enforcement community.

If we had recognized prior to publication that the cartoon would have caused unintended offense, our editors would have selected a different one for Sunday’s newspaper. Editing a newspaper is not easy and we don’t always get it right.

I’m told that the police union president has told departments in the newspaper’s circulation area to stop giving information to Courier Times reporters.

* Paper: We wouldn’t have run the cartoon if we knew it was going to offend (buckscountycouriertimes.com)
* “Standing Up Against BCCT’s Attack on Law Enforcement” (facebook.com)
* “People can be sheep around here. That comic was called for.” (facebook.com)