Staten Island Man Says He 'Doesn't Feel Safe' After Backlash For Ripping Down Blue Ribbons Supporting Law Enforcement:
A Staten Island man is under fire after he was caught on camera ripping down blue ribbons that were hung from trees and utility poles as a sign of support for NYPD officers.
The man who shot the video Tuesday evening told CBS2’s Tony Aiello he was upset by the ribbon ripping on Victory Boulevard in Castleton Corners.
The driver who confronted the man pulling down the ribbons posted the video on social media. It quickly went viral.
“All lives are not being persecuted right now! Black lives are!” the man said to the driver filming...
...Within no time at all, the angry young man was being named and shamed.
...The man on the video was identified as Stephen Varvaro and he told the Staten Island Advance that, “I know what I did was wrong. It was disrespectful.”
Varvaro said he’s getting threats and that he “doesn’t feel safe on the island anymore.”
Even the salon where he used to work is paying a price with people posting that it’s “time to boycott this place” on the company’s Facebook page.
There has been no comment from the salon, which has disavowed Varvaro’s actions, and is offering a discount to law enforcement to show its appreciation...
I'm glad the company he used to work for disapproves of his actions. But more to the point, you may not like cops, but who the hell said you could just tear up someone else's property and litter throughout the neighborhood. If I (or one of the cops I supervise) had seen that in Houston you would be introduced to our jail. I recall a quote from then Governor Reagan, "the problem is you allowed students to decide what law they would obey.."
Hey creampuff, time to learn it's a cruel world and actions have consequences.